Facts about Maine
Maine is situated in the northeastern United States. Its state borders are shared with New Hampshire. Maine shares an international boundary with both the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec in Canada. Maine is the 39th largest state in the United States, covering 35,385 square miles. With 1.3 million citizens, it is the 41st most populous state in the United States and the 38th most densely populated. The state has been inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years prior to European contact. In the early 1600s, the French were the first to establish a settlement, followed by the English a few years later. Maine was battled over by Loyalists and Patriots during the American Revolution. Maine became the 23rd state in the United States when it was admitted to the Union in 1820.
The name ‘Maine’ refers to the mainland and was first used to distinguish the mainland from the offshore islands.
Augusta is the state’s capital, while Portland is its major city.
Mainers are the residents of Maine.
Dirigo is Maine’s state motto, which means “I Lead.”
‘State of Maine Song’ is Maine’s official state song.
Maine’s state flag was approved in 1909 and features a farmer and a seaman on its coat of arms.
The white pine cone with tassel is Maine’s official flower.
The Pine Tree State is Maine’s nickname.
The white pine is the state tree.
The chickadee is Maine’s state bird.
The landlocked salmon is the state fish.
The moose is Maine’s state animal.
Maine is divided into 16 counties, has one state forest, 30 or more state parks, and 18 state historic sites.
Richardson Lake and Lake Moosehead are two of Maine’s largest lakes.
The St. John River, Penobscot River, Kennebec River, and Androscoggin River are among Maine’s largest rivers.
Maine is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Maine.
Maine has 5,000 streams, over 2,500 lakes, mountains, a seacoast, and numerous resorts for visitors to enjoy.
Potatoes, apples, blueberries, dairy products, vegetables, poultry, and eggs are among Maine’s most important crops.
Fishing, tourism, electronics, shipbuilding, and machinery are all key industries in Maine.
Maine produces around 75 million flat tins of sardines each year.
Maine is one of the world’s largest pulp and paper manufacturers.
Eastport, Maine is the most eastern city in the United States.
Maine is the only state with only one syllable in its name and the only state with only one border.
Around 90% of the lobster consumed in the United States is fished off the coast of Maine.
Maine is the leading producer of blueberries in the United States, accounting for 99 percent of total production.
Maine manufactures 90% of all toothpicks in the United States.
Acadia National Park in Maine is the second most visited national park in the United States.
Togus, founded in 1866, was the first veteran’s hospital in the United States.
In 1844, Fort Knox was built in Maine to defend against the British Navy.
In 1623, near York, the first sawmill in the United States was built.
Maine’s forest covers 17 million acres.