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The American Northeast, due to its location by the Atlantic, had been home to European settlers who immigrated from mainland Europe. One of these early European settlers were the Swedes.

The first Swedish community in North America was Fort Christina. Named after Queen Christina of Sweden, this settlement was built in 1638. This would become one of the principal settlements of the New Sweden colony. The settlement was located at the fork of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, about 2 miles from the mouth of Delaware River.

The Swedes arrived in 1638 aboard the ships Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip. They found a decent living and trading spot along the Christina River, which would become the current site of the Old Swedes Church in Wilmington, Delaware. For its historic significance, the site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and currently serves as Fort Christina State Park.
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