4-8 The State of Delaware

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The great state of Delaware was named after an English governor, Lord De La War, in the early 1600's.  It was one of the "Thirteen Original Colonies" and it became a state on December 7, 1787.   Delaware is known by its nickname “The First State” due to the fact, it became the first of the 13 original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution.  Dover became Delaware's state capital in 1777. 

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "Liberty and Independence"  
Nickname “The First State” May 23, 2002
State Bird Blue Hen April 14, 1939
State Flower Peach Blossom May 9, 1895
State Song "Our Delaware"  
State Tree American Holly May 1, 1939
State Flag

State Colors Colonial Blue and Buff  
State Seal

State Insect Lady Bug April 25, 1974
State Animal Horseshoe Crab June 25, 2002
State Fish Weakfish 1981
State Mineral Sillimanite   

Complete the questions below.

1.  Delaware was named after an English governor called .

2.  The state insect is the .

3.  "Our Delaware" is the state .

4.  The state mineral is .

5.  Delaware's nickname is "."

6.  The state motto is "."

7.  The Weakfish was adopted as the state fish in .

8.  The state animal is the .

9.  Colonial blue and buff are the state .

10.  The Blue Hen is the state .



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