Originally part of the Hoornkill district court established by the
Dutch Governor Colve in 1673. Hoornkill
was divided into Saint Jones County and Deal County in 1680.
In 1682, under William Penn, the name changed to Kent County for
the county in England. Today, Kent County, which encompasses the middle section of
the state, includes Dover the state capital.
Hoornkill County, Hoerenkill County, Whorekill County, Saint Jones
New Castle County.
Northernmost county. It is named
for the early settlement of New Castle and applied to the whole area in
1673, when during Dutch rule, Governor Colve, set up three district courts
of Upland (Chester, Pennsylvania), New Castle, and Hoornkill (Kent and
Sussex Counties). The General
Assembly in 1681, under William Penn, officially named the counties New
Castle, Kent and Sussex. Today
the biggest cities in the county are Wilmington and Newark.
Delaware's southernmost county.
This was originally part of the Hoornkill district court, set up by
the Dutch Governor Colve in 1673. Hoornkill
was divided into Saint Jones and Deal Counties in 1680, and in 1682, Deal
County was changed to Sussex County for William Pennís own county in
England. Today Sussex County
is best known as the home of the Delaware beaches and for agriculture and
Variants: Hoornkill County;
Hoerenkill County; Whorekill County; Deal County, Deale County; Essex
from Delaware Place Names: Geological
Survey Bulletin 1245.