Who Were the First Europeans To Settle In Delaware and When Was the New Sweden Colony Established?

People from Sweden and Finland settled near present-day Wilmington, Delaware in 1638, calling their colony New Sweden.

These settlers built log cabins much like those they had in Scandinavia.

Later that century, the Dutch and then the English took over the colony.

Since local forests offered a plentiful supply of logs for building, the log cabin style of housing was quickly adopted by American settlers from other lands.