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Dover is the capital of and second-largest city in Delaware. Located on the St. Jones River, it was named by William Penn after Dover in England. As of 2010, Dover had a population of 36,047.
The capital of Delaware was moved to Dover from Newcastle in 1777 because of its relative safety from the British on the Delaware River. The central square, known as The Green, was the location of many patriotic events in Dover's early days. Today, the Green remains the center of Dover's historic district and location of the Delaware Supreme Court.
Apart from government agencies, Dover's major employers include Dover Air Force Base, Kraft Foods and Procter & Gamble; ILC Dover, in nearby Frederica, is the producer of fabrics for military and aerospace purposes.