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This is the Delaware state category. Delaware's capital city is Dover, its largest city is Wilmington, and its postal abbreviation is DE. Dover entered the Union as the first state, on December 7, 1787. It is the 49th largest state, with an area of 2,396 square miles. Located in eastern United States, on the Atlantic coast, Delaware occupies part of a peninsula between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay. Discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609, it was named after the British governor of Virginia, Baron De la Warr. Delaware was settled by Swedes in 1638. The Dutch had conquered the territory by 1655, but it was largely under British control between 1664 and 1776. In 1789, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. Despite being a slave state, it maintained a fragile loyalty to the Union during the Civil War. Delaware is mostly coastal plain, and the Delaware River is an important shipping route along part of its eastern boundary.