Delaware General Assembly


WHEREAS, the expedition of the New Sweden Company under the leadership of Peter Minuit landed about March 29, 1638 at the "Rocks" on Christina River within the confines of present Fort Christina State Park in the City of Wilmington, and

WHEREAS, this settlement was not only the first permanent settlement in Delaware but in the whole Delaware River Valley as well as the center from which was disseminated the religious, governmental, agricultural, commercial and cultural beliefs and customs of Sweden to the adjacent territory in the New World, thus making an important contribution toward the growth and development of our Nation, and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, in cognizance of these contributions, passed a resolution, approved on March 17, 1939, directing the Governor to proclaim March 29th of each year as Delaware Swedish Colonial Day, and

WHEREAS, it is proper that the recurring anniversary of the first permanent settlement in Delaware be perpetuated by the holding of suitable exercises,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, March 29, 1944, as


and request the citizens of this State in schools, churches, patriotic and historical societies and other organizations to join in appropriate ceremonies to observe this historic event and to display the Flag of the United States, and that in addition the National Flag of Sweden shall be flown in Fort Christina State Park at or near the monument given by the people of Sweden to the people of the United States.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal to be hereunto affixed this twenty-second day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-four and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-eighth.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.