CHAPTER 329 – STATE OF DELAWARE – EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, in November, 1637, an expedition of the New Sweden Company, consisting of two ships, "Kalmar Nyckel" and "Fogel Grip", left Gothenburg, Sweden, to establish a colony in the Delaware River Valley, and during the latter part of March, 1638, the two ships anchored off the so-called "Rocks" on the north shore of the Christina River, approximately two miles from the mouth of said river, and

WHEREAS, on March 29, 1638, the New Sweden Company, represented by Peter Minuit, Director of the expedition, purchased from five Indian chiefs the land on the west side of the Delaware River extending from Bombay Hook northward to the Schuylkill River, which purchase included land now known as New Castle County in the State of Delaware, and following the sale of the land, and on the same day, Peter Minuit, his officers, and men landed at "The Rocks" and with solemn ceremonies raised the Swedish coat-of-arms on a post, called the country New Sweden, and subsequently built a fort there, which they named Fort Christina in honor of the Queen of Sweden, and

WHEREAS, Fort Christina was the first settlement of the Colony of New Sweden and the first permanent settlement in the Delaware River Valley, and was also the first permanent settlement in the State of Delaware, and this first settlement and successive settlements of the Colony of New Sweden marked the beginnings of government, religion, education, agriculture, commerce, and industry in our State, and

WHEREAS, March 29, 1940, will mark the three-hundred and second anniversary of the founding of the State of Delaware,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Richard C. McMullen, Governor of the State of Delaware, by authority of the General Assembly proclaim Friday, March 29, 1940, as DELAWARE SWEDISH COLONIAL DAY, and request the citizens of our State in schools, churches, patriotic and historical societies and other organizations to join in appropriate ceremonies on this historic day and to display the national and state flags on our public buildings.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Richard C. McMullen, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Great Seal of this State to be hereunto affixed this nineteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand, nine hundred and forty, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-fourth.

(GREAT SEAL)

By the Governor:

RICHARD C. McMULLEN

JOSIAH MARVEL, JR., Secretary of State.