Friday, July 21, 2017

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Thomas Jefferson once referred Delaware as the “Jewel” because of its idyllic location. Delaware Bay is known as the “Diamond State”, because of its economic, political, and ecological value in the US. There are more to Delaware than meets the eye. Aside from its abundant fishing grounds, Delaware Bay hides these amazing facts:

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The Inhabitants of Delaware Bay

• Delaware Bay has the most concentrated population of horseshoe crabs.

• The Bay provides sanctuary for many winter migratory species of waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. It serves as one of the four most significant places for shorebird migration in the world.  Ranking as the second most populated shorebirds in North America.

• Because of the international importance of Delaware Bay providing feeding and resting place for migratory birds, it was placed as a Ramsar site. Bursting with wetlands, the estuary is a critical area for many wading and shore birds.

• A rare species of firefly called Bethany Beach can only be found in Delaware. After disappearing for almost half a century after it was discovered, the Bethany Beach firefly reappeared in 1998 in Delaware Bay.

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Strategic Location of Delaware Bay

• With just 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, Delaware is the second smallest state in the US. Despite its size, it is considered as the sixth most densely inhabited state in the country.

Economic importance of Delaware Bay

• The Port of Wilmington ranks as the number one port for fresh fruit imports. It generates more than 16,000 jobs in the region, making it as an economic engine taking home $337 million of revenues. The local government receives at least $31 million worth of local taxes each year.

• Around 3,000 ships voyage in its waters, topping the list as the largest freshwater port in the world.  The Delaware Bay is also the biggest receiving center for steel, paper, meat, and crude oil imports.

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Historical Value of Delaware

• In 1923, the University of Delaware formed the first overseas study program. A professor at the University and a WWI veteran suggested the significance of inter-country relationships and cross-cultural exchange. He took eight junior students with him and sailed to France for the study program.

• Dated back to 1859, Fort Delaware is included as one of the major sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Initially, the fort was built to protect Wilmington and Philadelphia ports but the Union Fortress once held Confederate prisoners of war.

• As the second-biggest refining center for petrochemical, the Delaware Bay serves as a passage for 70% of oil shipped to the East Coast.

• English naval officer named Samuel Argall named the bay after a governor of Virginia. He got the name after Thomas West, the 12th Baron of De La Warr.

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Political Influence of Delaware Bay

• One of the most amazing events in political history happened on 1776. On July 1, 1776, Brigadier-General Caesar Rodney of Dover rode his horse to Philadelphia. Despite having skin cancer and asthma, he traveled 80 miles to cast his vote. It becomes the deciding factor in winning the country’s independence. As a commemorative for his bravery, the state incorporated the Brigadier-General on their 1999 Delaware state quarter.

• On December 7, 1787, even before any other province, Delaware was the first ever state to ratify the Constitution. In 2002, a petition was filed to hail Delaware as “The First State”.
   
• Even with all these significant events, Delaware was not given a National Monument until 2013. President Barrack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gave Delaware their First State National Monument. It consisting of 1100 acres of preserved land several historic buildings including Dover Green. The building was the place where previous politicians ratified the Constitution.

Fascinating Truths about living in Delaware Bay

• Most residents of Delaware do not know the term buffering. The state has the fastest Internet speeds in the US, according to a 2015 research. Their connection is even higher compared to other countries all except South Korea. The Asian country enjoys 5g internet service almost every corner of their country including some of the most secluded rural areas.

• Recent studies show that Delaware ranks as the number one state for retirees when it comes to economy, demographics, and tax rates. It was mentioned in a Washington, D.C. based finance and business news publication.

• Delaware hosted the first of its kind “resort beauty pageants”. Held in Rehoboth Beach in 1880 where Thomas Edison was one of the judges.

• Cyclists love Delaware because of its bike-friendly facilities. In 2015, The League of American Bicyclists even dubbed the state as the third most bike-friendly state in the country.

• Delaware enjoys tax-free shopping, as the local government does not impose any sales tax in the state.


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