Keegan Gann

Introduction to Maine

Maine is the northeastern most state is the United States, it is known for its rocky coastline, long maritime history and abundant parks and reserves. These include Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, and the Appalachian Trail.

Maine Facts

Abbreviation- ME

Capital- Augusta

Largest City- Portland

Area- 35,385 miles

Population- 1.33 million

Resident name- Mainer

Nickname- The Pine Tree State

Motto- Dirigo

Song- State of Maine Song

Bird- Black-Capped chickadee

Flower- White Pine Cone

Tree- Eastern White Pine

Maine's State Flag

There State flag represents the state coat of arms on a blue field. In the center there is a moose resting underneath a small pine tree. The farmer and seaman represent the traditional reliance on agriculture. The North star represents the state motto "Dirigo".

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  • Became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise
  • The Region's earliest inhabitants were descendants of Ice Age hunters known as Red Paint people
  • The first settlement was established by the Plymouth Company at Popham in 1607, the same year of the settlement at Jamestown, Virginia
  • French and Indian Wars took place in Maine when their ownership was questioned between England and France
  • One of the significant military developments of the French and Indian Wars was the capture of the French fort at Louisburg, Nova Scotia, in 1745 by a contingent of forces led by William Pepperell. The 1763 Treaty of Paris ended all French claims to the territory.
  • There was even a Revolutionary war that took place and Maine staged their own Boston Tea party
  • A Civil war took place as well


  • About 60% of Maine's agricultural revenues are derived from livestock and livestock production; 40% from crops. In terms of revenue generated, Maine's top five agricultural products are dairy products, potatoes, chicken eggs, greenhouse and nursery products, and aquaculture products
  • Leading manufactured products in Maine are paper products, including cardboard boxes, paper bags and pulp, as well as paper
  • Very high value fishing
  • Their mining consist of sand, gravel,and limestone
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  • Famous political people include Nelson Rockefeller, Melville Fuller, and Thomas Reed
  • Famous people involved with education include Dorothea Dix, Charles Best, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Places to Visit