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Delaware

Scott Douglas Gerber

in A Distinct Judicial Power

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896875 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765874.003.0026
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The Swedes planted the first permanent settlement in what is now the state of Delaware in 1638 at Fort Christina (today, Wilmington). The Dutch terminated Swedish control in 1655, and the English displaced Dutch rule in 1664. The Dutch briefly reclaimed their interests in Delaware in 1673–4. Delaware was included in the 1663/4 land grant from King Charles II to his brother James, Duke of York. Delaware remained a part of New York until 1682, when the duke of York ceded it to William Penn, the proprietor of Pennsylvania. Delaware functioned as a territory of Pennsylvania until 1776—subject to a competing claim by Maryland—when Delaware became an independent state. This chapter examines the origins of an independent judiciary in Delaware.

Keywords: Swedes; independent judiciary; judicial power; Delaware

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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