The Delmarva Peninsula sits in the Mid-Atlanic region of the United States between the Chesapeake Bay to its west and the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean to its East. The peninisula has areas that are in three states with its name being formed from letters of the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
At various times in its history residents of the Maryland and Virginia portion of the peninsula have propose that they should secede from their respective states. Some believe they should join Delaware to create a new state called Delmarva.
DelMarVa is home to some of the most quaint beach towns along the east coast, including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Lewes, Ocean City and Chincoteague.
For centuries Native Americans living on the Delmarva Peninsula took pleasure in eating these crustaceans, and introduced the European settlers to them. Early treaties included provisions for the rights of Native Americans for “Hunting, Crabbing, Fowling, and Fishing.”
The peninsula is the premier location for farming of vegetables, especially tomatoes, green beans, corn, soy beans. DelMarVa is also known for its poultry farms, the most well-known of which is Perdue Farms, founded in Salisbury, Maryland.
The first inhabitants of DelMarVa included the Native American tribes of Assateague, Transquakin, Choptico, Moteawaughkin, Quequashkecaquick, Hatsawap, Wachetak, Marauqhquaick, and Manaskson. They ranged from Cape Charles, Virginia to the Indian River inlet in Delaware.