Celebrate Colonists' Day

By Amy Cherry 2:58pm, April 10, 2013
replica of an early 17th century shallop. The Little Key wa originally built as a tender for the Kalmar Nyckel. It appears at special events ceremonies to help promote Swedish History in the Delaware Valley. (New Sweden Centre, Facebook)
375 years ago on the Kalmar Nyckel, the first Europeans settled the Delaware Valley.

Saturday marks Colonists' Day, and in-studio, Delaware historian Abdullah Muhammad, author of "Africans in New Sweden" talks about their untold role in colonization.

"But they protected the Dutch from the attacks by Native Americans because the Dutch didn't have a very good relationship with Native Americans," says Muhammad.

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Another hidden nugget, you can read about in his book.

"The predecessor to the abolitionists movement was actually recognized and started back in the 1600s amongst the Swedes," says Muhammad.

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He says most people have no idea.

"Most people are blown away. It is one of the hidden treasures of history not being revealed," he explains.

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But he adds the quest to find this hidden information wasn't easy.

"I think it would have been easier for me to go look for some gold nuggets out in the mountains because it was really just that difficult," he says.

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You can help celebrate Colonists' Day this Saturday April 13th from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fort Christina Park.


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