Map of the Day: The Case Against Delaware

Whenever I drive up I-95, as I did last weekend and will this weekend, I'm reminded of Jonathan Chait's definitive piece on Delaware, "Rogue State." In the article, he outlines how Delaware's livelihood is ripping off people from other states, whether it's through tolls, credit cards, or general corporate "parasitism." 


Well, it turns out that the me-First State has been at it for centuries. Ever wonder how Delaware got its odd shape and curved northern border? 

In 1682, Delaware secured a land grant so that all land within 12 miles of the New Castle Court House became property of the state. This includes the arc into Pennsylvania and also means that the state owns the Delaware River within the 12 mile radius, right up to the banks of New Jersey.  

In 2007, Delaware blocked New Jersey developers from building a dock because anything extending from Jersey's banks was Delaware property. 

In 2010, the me-First State again went rogue and its Republican primary voters nominated former witch Christine O'Donnell over former Gov. and nine term-Rep. Mike Castle

Thanks for everything, Delaware. Wayne Campbell said it best when he joked, "Imagine, being able to be magically whisked away to ... Delaware."

Map h/t Strange Maps

  09 23 Delaware's Border
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Patrick Ottenhoff has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. A former staff writer for National Journal Group and project manager at New Media Strategies, he now attends Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. More

Patrick Ottenhoff attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York. You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.

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