Delaware General Assembly






WHEREAS, Wednesday, March 29, 1972, marks the three hundred and thirty-fourth anniversary of the settlement of the Colony of New Sweden in 1638 at "The Rocks," now marked by the Fort Christina Monument in the City of Wilmington,, and

WHEREAS, under the leadership of its founder, Peter Minuet, Fort Christina became the first permanent settlement in the State of Delaware, as well as in the entire Delaware River Valley, and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware has passed a resolution directing the Governor to proclaim March 29 of each year as "Delaware Swedish Colonial Day," and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that tribute be paid to those first permanent settlers in Delaware remembering and honoring them for their contribution to the New World;

NOW THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, March 29, 1972, as


in our State, and request that on this day, and the days following, our schools, churches, patriotic and historical societies, community organizations and other institutions commemorate the first permanent settlement upon the soil of Delaware with appropriate ceremonies.

I FURTHER REQUEST that State, County, City and Town Governments display 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 at Fort Christina Monument during the period of observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this 9th day

(GREAT SEAL) of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-sixth.

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor WALTON H. SIMPSON, Secretary of State