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History in Maine started back in the Ice Age, when glaciers cut through the area leaving mountains, valleys, deep harbors, a ragged coastline and over 2,000 islands.
From the earliest settlers, the ""Red Paint People" through the discovery and colonization of Maine, the  history of Maine is long and rich.
Maine is a scenic state with plentiful resources from its mountians, forests, and waterways. Because of the mild summers, Maine is a favored summer vacationing area.  In the winter months the ski lodges are very popular and in the summer its lake and seaside shores are full of visitors.
Today Maine is mostly known for its vacation areas,  
rocky  shoreline, blueberries, potatoes, and lobsters.

  Nickname    The Pine Tree State
  State Bird    Chickadee
  State Animal  Moose
  State Cat      Maine Coon Cat
  State Fish     Landlocked Salmon
  State Flower  White Pint Cone Tassel
  State Gemstone  Tourmaline
  State Fossil   Petreca qudrifaria
  State Insect   Honeybee
  State Tree   White Pine
  State Motto Dirigo ( I Lead)
  State Capital Augusta, Kennebec County

  More trivia on Maine
  • ...became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820.
  • about 320 miles long and 210 miles wide, with a total area of 33,215 square miles or about as big as all of the other five New England states combined.
  • America's first chartered town: York, 1641.
  • ...consists of 16 counties with 22 cities, 424 towns, 51 plantations and 416 unorganized townships.
  • ...boasts of 6,000 lakes and ponds, 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, 17 million acres of forestland, 3478 beautiful miles of coastline, and 2,000 islands.
  • recognized as one of the most healthful states in the nation with summer temperatures averaging 70 F and winter temperatures averaging 20 F.
  • ...has one county (Aroostook) so big (6,543 square miles) that it actually covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • ...has one mountain which is approximately one mile high-Mt. Katahdin (5,268 ft. above sea level).
  • America's largest blueberry growing state raising 98% of the low-bush blueberries in the United States. Potatoes rank consistantly in the top five in both acreage and in production nationally.
  • ...has 60 lighthouses including Portland Head Light commissioned by George Washington.


map of Maine

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