Founded in 1631, DELAWARE was once part of neighbouring Pennsylvania – Philadelphia is only ten miles north – until separating in 1776. In 1787 it was also the first original former colony to ratify the Constitution and become a state. Much of Delaware’s prosperity can be traced to its lax incorporation laws that have allowed countless multinational corporations to take up official residence near the state capital, Wilmington, and also to the wealthy Du Pontfamily, who set up shop nearby. Delaware’s perfectly preserved old colonial capital, New Castle, lies 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 more than twenty miles of mostly unspoiled Atlantic beaches.