Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Maine
Maine, our 23rd state, was admitted to the Union March 15, 1820. The 2000 census has Maine's population at 1,274,923, ranking 40th in the US. With a total area of 35,385 square miles, the state ranks 39th in size. Maine's capital is Augusta; its largest city is Portland.
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Maine fun facts:
Maine State Bird: Chickadee
Maine State Flower: White pine cone and tassel
Maine State Motto: I direct
Maine State Song: State of Maine Song
Maine State Tree: Eastern white pine
Nicknames: Pine Tree State, Down East
The geographic center of Maine lies in Piscataquis County, 18 miles north of Dover. At 5,267 feet, Mount Katahdin, in Baxter State Park, is the state's highest point. Cadillac Mountain, 1530 feet, located on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park, is the highest point on the US Atlantic Coast. The state of Maine is named for an ancient French province of the same name. It is also descriptive, referring to the mainland as distinct from the many coastal islands.
Brief History: Maine was inhabited by Algonquian peoples including the Abnaki, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy when the first Europeans arrived. The state's rocky coast was believed to have been explored by the Cabots in the very late 15th century. French settlers arrive at the St. Croix River in 1604, the English, circa 1607, on the Kennebec. Neither settlement was successful. Maine was made part of Massachusetts in 1691. A Maine regiment fought at Bunker Hill during the American Revolution. A British fleet destroyed Falmouth (now Portland) in 1775, but the British ship Margaretta was captured near Machiasport. In 1820, Main broke away from Massachusetts and became a separate state.
Maine is home to Acadia National Park. Other 'Down East' attractions include Bar Harbor; Old Orchard Beach; Portland's Old Post; Kennebunkport; Common Ground Country Fair; Portland Head Light; Baxter State Park; Freeport/L. L. Bean; and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.