Founded in 1631, DELAWARE was once part of neighbouring Pennsylvania – Philadelphia is only ten miles north – until separating in 1776. In 1787 it was the first former colony to ratify the Constitution and become a state. Much of Delaware’s fortunes can be traced to its lax corporate laws that have allowed countless multinational corporations to take up official residence here, and to the du Pont family, who, fleeing the wrath of revolutionary France, set up a gunpowder mill that became the main supplier of conventional explosives to the US government. The family built huge mansions in the Brandywine Valley north of Wilmington, near the perfectly preserved old colonial capital, New Castle, on the Delaware Bay, five miles south of I-95. Further south, Dover, the capital, may not detain you long, but beyond it, the small and amiable resorts of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach mark the northern extent of over twenty miles of mostly unspoiled Atlantic beaches.

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  • The du Pont mansions
  • New Castle