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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Landing of the Swedes

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
1. Landing of the Swedes Marker
Inscription.  In late 1637, the New Sweden Company sent out its first expedition to America to establish a Swedish presence in the New World. Sailing in two ships, the Kalmar Nyckel and the Fogel Grip, the expedition landed near this site in March 1638. Under Peter Minuit's leadership, Fort Christina was erected to protect the new settlement. Named after Queen Christina of Sweden, the fort was home to approximately 25 colonists. It was the first permanent European settlement in what is now the State of Delaware. Fort Christina served as the new colony's administrative and commercial center as the Swedes expanded their influence throughout the Delaware Valley. Known as New Sweden, the colony was conquered by the Dutch in 1655 before the English took over the region in 1664. Today, the City of Wilmington traces its roots from this first settlement of the Swedes.
 
Erected 2013 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NCC-197.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExploration
Landing of the Swedes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
2. Landing of the Swedes Marker
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Forts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1638.
 
Location. 39° 44.199′ N, 75° 32.332′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from East 7th Street just east of Swedes Landing Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1110 E 7th St, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kalmar Nyckel Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Monument (about 400 feet away); The Park (about 500 feet away); Fort Christina Monument (about 500 feet away); Fort Christina (about 600 feet away); Old Swedes' Church (about 600 feet away); Fort Christina National Historic Landmark (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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