Founding of the Delaware Colony
was the colony of Delaware founded? The Delaware
Colony was founded in 1638 by
Peter Minuit and
New Sweden Company.
The Naming of the Delaware Colony
Named after the Delaware River whose name was
derived from that of Sir Thomas West (Lord de la
Warr) who was Virginia Company's first governor.
Delaware river and bay were first explored on
behalf of the Dutch by Henry Hudson in 1609, and
more thoroughly in 1615-1616 by Cornelius
Hendrikson, whose reports did much to cause the
incorporation of the Dutch West India Company.
The first settlement on Delaware soil was made
under the auspices of members of the Dutch West
India Company in 1638 near the site of the