According to INDEXDOTCOM, Delaware was first inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Lenape and Susquehannock tribes. In 1609, the area was explored by Henry Hudson. In 1638, Swedish settlers arrived and established a colony on the site of present-day Wilmington. The Dutch gained control of the area in 1655 and named it New Netherland. In 1664, the English gained control of the area and renamed it Delaware in honor of Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr who served as governor of Virginia at that time. In 1704, Delaware became an English colony and remained so until 1776 when they declared their independence from Great Britain and adopted their own constitution. Delaware was one of the original thirteen colonies to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. In December 1787, Delaware became “The First State” when it became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. During this period, Wilmington became an important port for trade between Europe and America due to its location at the confluence of two major rivers – the Christina River and Brandywine Creek. Throughout its history Delaware has been an important center for industry with DuPont being one of its most well-known companies today. Additionally, Dover is home to Air Mobility Command which is part of Air Force Base Dover where many military personnel are stationed or have been stationed throughout history. Check Agooddir for more about Delaware.