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Wilmington is a city of about 70,000 in the state of Delaware, but only about 40km south of the city of Philadelphia, a former US capitol from colonial times, and one of the US's largest metro areas. Easily connected to Philadelphia by highway and train, it also has easy access to New York City by highway and train as well as Washington D.C.

Being originally settled by Dutch and Swedes, an original replica of one of the original ships from the 1600's The Kalmar Nyckel (Key of Kalmar)can be visited here. The first Swedish settlement in North America, Fort Christina was located here. It is commemorated at it's original location at Fort Christina State Park a small riverside area in Wilmington.

Wilmington was the birthplace of the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, inventor of Kevlar, neoprene, Mylar, Teflon, Lycra and many other now common materials. Bob Marley the famous Reggae singer was once a resident of Wilmington and is commemorated every summer in July with a festival in the city. Though small and not so "international" in scope compared to the large urban centers withinin it's reach, Wilmington has a number of museums that garner national attention such as the Hagley Museum and Library, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, and Holy Trinity (Old Swedes') Church, a national historical landmark.

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