Where does the Delaware River begin?


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The Delaware River begins in the state of New York in the town of Jefferson. The Delaware River spans over 330 miles in length through the states of New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Delaware River empties into the Atlantic Ocean via the Delaware Bay.

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Where does the Delaware River begin?
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The Delaware River Port Complex has a presence in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and is the largest freshwater port worldwide. The Delaware River's basin comprises an area of 14,119 square miles. The Delaware River was first discovered in 1609 by Henry Hudson, an English mariner, while with the Dutch East India Company. The Delaware River was initially referred to as the South River, relative to The Hudson River being in the north.

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