One of the smallest U.S. states, Delaware is also one of the most densely populated states, with more than half of its 900,000 residents living in affluent New Castle County. Many of Delaware's legal records and laws from the colonial period have been lost to the historical record. For some of that period (1664–1704), Delaware (originally a Swedish colony, but then owned by the English) was part of Pennsylvania and operated under its laws; dissatisfied with that, Delaware seceded from Pennsylvania, but continued under English control during the ...

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