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The area was originally inhabited by the Leni Lenape and Delaware Indians. Henry Hudson was the first European to set foot on the land, in 1609. A small trading town was set up here by a band of settlers belonging to the New Sweden Company, led by Peter Minuit, in 1683. Offically, however, the city of Wilmington was not established until 1731, by Thomas Penn. Penn named the city after his friend Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington.
Today, Wilmington is known as an essential city of Delaware, as well as for its waterfront, history, sailing, and education.
People Born in Wilmington
Wilmington in People's Lives
Robert Morris (financier): In 1762, my company financed and advertised a large slave auction here.