What was Delaware's first settlement?

Delaware's first settlement was Zwannendael. Settled by the Dutch in 1631, near what is present day the town of Lewes,Sussex County. It lasted less than a year. In 1632 when the ships captain returned to the colony, all were found dead.

In 1638, the Swedes settled on the rocks on the Christiana River near the foot of 7th street, Wilmington. This was the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley.