Delaware General Assembly





WHEREAS, the founding and settlement of the Colony of New Sweden in 1638 at "The Rocks," now permanently preserved at Fort Christina State Park in the City of Wilmington, occurred three hundred and ten years ago; and

WHEREAS, the gallant Peter Minuit led his band of colonists from Sweden in the "Kalmar Nyckel" with the blessing of Queen Christina of Sweden and established the first permanent settlement in the State of Delaware and in the Delaware River Valley; and

WHEREAS, this settlement marked the beginning of the introduction of law and order, religion, education, and agricultural, commercial and industrial pursuits in Delaware and the surrounding area; and

WHEREAS, a resolution was passed in the General Assembly of the State of Delaware to proclaim March 29th as Delaware Swedish Colonial Day of each year in recognition of these important contributions to our development; and

WHEREAS, the perpetuation of a remembrance of this noteworthy event will instill a growing pride in our citizenry, it is fitting that the founding of the first permanent settlement upon the soil of Delaware be commemorated with appropriate observances,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Monday, March 29, 1948, as


and request that this day be observed in schools, churches,

patriotic and historical societies, and other institutions and organizations with appropriate ceremonies, and that State, county, city and town governments display on that day the flags of the United States and the State of Delaware, and that the flags of the United States and the Kingdom of Sweden be flown in Fort Christina State Park.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Delaware to be hereunto affixed, at Dover, this

(GREAT SEAL) twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventy-second.

By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.