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Sussex County, Delaware (U.S.)

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[flag of Sussex County, Delaware] image by Randy Young, 7 October 1998

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Description of the flag

The Sussex County flag is divided into a tricolor: top 1/4 red, middle 1/2 white, bottom 1/4 blue. Centered on the white bar is a yellow wheat garb.
Randy Young, 7 October 1998

County History

Sussex County Delaware was claimed for a number of years by both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Delaware was initially settled by the Dutch and Swedes, but when the Duke of York took New York from the Dutch, his agent captured Delaware in 1664. In 1682, Delaware was granted to William Penn along with Pennsylvania. Lord Baltimore disputed Penn's ownership of the three Delaware counties, and the southern and western areas of Sussex County were claimed by both Maryland and Pennsylvania, but were governed by Maryland until the Mason-Dixon Line was approved by George III in 1769; when all of Delaware was awarded to Pennsylvania. In 1769, Kent, New Castle, and Sussex counties met in Constitutional Convention and the State of Delaware was formed.
Ole Andersen, 3 May 2001