Captain arrived in Wilmington this afternoon. For the visual learners, here is a map so you can see how close Wilmington is to the northern state lines and borders with Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Wilmington lies at the confluence of Brandywine Creek and the Christina River (named for a Swedish princess). The city was named by Thomas Penn after his friend the Earl of Wilmington, who was Britain's prime minister from 1742-43. Delaware was the first state in the USA. Dupont began manufacturing gunpowder here in 1802. During the Civil War, this Union state produced more iron ships than the rest of the country combined. In the 1980s, many financial institutions relocated here because of liberal credit card laws.
The capitol is Dover (where 41 representatives and 21 senators make up the General Assembly). The governor will be running for re-election in 2016 and one possible opponent is Beau Biden, the son of you-know-who. There is also a large Air Force base at Dover.
The state measures only 96 miles long and 5-35 miles wide. That is about the smae number of square miles as the Platte Purchase (six counties in NW Missouri where we currently live). The state lies between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay. That is a lot of water. Where there's water, there are sure to be beaches, fishing, boating, etc.