State Research Guide: Delaware
2/1/2005
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If Delaware had a cartoon alter ego, it would be Speedy Gonzales. This miniature state — undersized by only Rhode Island — has made its mark on American history by leaving bigger banditos in its dust.

For starters, Delaware raced past the 12 other Colonies to ratify the Constitution, becoming the first US state. More firsts followed, including the first automated flour-milling system, the first regularly scheduled steam railroad and the first divided highway (the DuPont Highway, widened in 1933).