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10 Things Y’all Didn’t Know About Delaware

When we think of states in the South, most people don’t include Delaware, however the states history, heritage, and location make it a little-known part of the Southern United States. It is South of the Mason-Dixon line, which was the historic line between North and South in the U.S. Here are a few more things you may not have known about Delaware.

Also, it has an event — that you’ll read about later — called the Punkin’ Chunkin’. Any state that uses the word “Punkin'” refers to throwing something as “chunkin,'” is patently Southern.

First to Ratify

Delaware is known as “The First State” because it was the first to ratify the United States Constitution on December 7, 1787. This swift action has given it a prominent place in American history.

Small but Mighty

Despite being the second smallest state in the U.S., Delaware has a significant impact on the country’s business landscape. Due to its business-friendly laws and court system, a vast number of corporations are incorporated in Delaware, far more than any other state.

No Sales Tax

One of the state’s attractions, especially for shoppers, is that Delaware has no sales tax. This policy draws numerous visitors to its shopping centers and malls.

Home to a Renowned Chancery Court

Delaware’s Court of Chancery deals with corporate matters and uses judges instead of juries. It’s one of the most important venues for U.S. corporate litigation.

The Delaware Effect

The state’s flexible laws and business-friendly environment have given rise to the “Delaware Effect,” where companies choose to incorporate in Delaware even if they have little to no operations within the state.

A Unique State Festival

Delaware hosts an annual “Punkin Chunkin” championship, where participants use a variety of mechanical devices to throw a pumpkin as far as possible. It’s an event that combines engineering with festive fun.

Delaware’s Rare Subspecies

The state is home to the Delmarva fox squirrel, a subspecies that was once on the endangered list. It’s larger than other fox squirrels and can primarily be found on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Historical Dover Green

Dover Green, a historic park in Dover, has been the center of the city since its establishment. Over 200 years old, it has witnessed various events, from troop reviews during the American Revolution to statehood rallies.

Coastal Beauty

Delaware might be small, but it boasts a scenic coastline. The Delaware Seashore State Park is a popular spot, offering beautiful beaches and numerous water-related activities.

Home of E.I. du Pont

The state was pivotal in the growth of the DuPont Company, a multinational chemical company. Founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802, the initial operations were based around a gunpowder mill by the Brandywine River.

While it might be one of the smallest states in terms of land area, Delaware’s historical significance, business influence, and local charm make it stand out in the tapestry of American states.

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