Delaware Decides

Delaware Decides (HM2FJV)

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N 39° 9.399', W 75° 31.395'

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First State National Historical Park

In early December 1787 the thirty delegates to the Delaware ratifying convention were called upon to make a momentous decision. For five days they considered whether to approve the new, stronger central government proposed at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia the previous summer. Finally, on the 7th, the delegates unanimously voted to ratify the United States Constitution, making Delaware the first state to do so.
"...fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify, and confirm the said Constitution."Delaware's ratification document, December 7, 1787
The Golden Fleece TavernDelegates to the ratifying convention gathered at The Golden Fleece Tavern, the same place where the state assembly sometimes met. The tavern is long-gone, but its site is well-marked at the corner of State Street and The Green.
The DelegatesGunning Bedford, Jr., Richard Bassett, Jacob Broom, John Dickinson, and George Read were delegates to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787. Bassett and Bedford were also among the delegates to the ratifying convention in Dover.
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· Gunning Bedford, Jr. & Richard BassettPortraits courtesy of State of Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs
· Background Artwork Delaware,

The First State
by Robert E. Goodier, courtesy of PNC Bank
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 454790 N 4334290
Decimal Degrees39.15665000, -75.52325000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 9.399', W 75° 31.395'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 9' 23.94" N, 75° 31' 23.7" W
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