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Delaware - The Early History (Grades 5-6)



Delaware - The Early History (Grades 5-6)
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     challenging words:    flour-milling, ratify, present-day, mainly, automatic, feat, settlement, separate, country, power, economy, history, among, battle, establish, government
     content words:    South Atlantic, United States, Diamond State, East Coast, Native Americans, Lenni Lenape, Delaware River Valley, Henry Hudson, Delaware Bay, Dutch East India Company


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Delaware - The Early History
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Delaware is one of the South Atlantic states in our country. It was the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, hence the nickname, "First State." It has also been called the "Diamond State" because its strategic location on the East Coast makes it a jewel among the states.
 
2     Before any European settlers arrived, a group of Native Americans, called the Lenni Lenape, lived in the Delaware River Valley. They hunted, fished, and farmed in the area. They mainly grew corn, beans, and squash.
 
3     In 1609, Henry Hudson spotted the Delaware Bay while working for the Dutch East India Company. He didn't explore the area, though. In 1610, Captain Samuel Argall, who was an English explorer, named the land in honor of Thomas West, 3rd Baron De la Warr, the governor of Virginia.

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