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Introduction

Flag of Maine.svg

Maine ( /mn/ ( About this sound  listen)) is a U.S. state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Maine is the 12th smallest by area, the 9th least populous, and the 38th most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. It is bordered by New Hampshire to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest respectively. Maine is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States, and the northernmost east of the Great Lakes. It is known for its jagged, rocky coastline; low, rolling mountains; heavily forested interior; and picturesque waterways, as well as its seafood cuisine, especially lobster and clams. There is a humid continental climate throughout the state, even in coastal areas such as its most populous city of Portland. The capital is Augusta.

For thousands of years, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine. At the time of European arrival in what is now Maine, several Algonquian-speaking peoples inhabited the area. The first European settlement in the area was by the French in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons. The first English settlement was the short-lived Popham Colony, established by the Plymouth Company in 1607. A number of English settlements were established along the coast of Maine in the 1620s, although the rugged climate, deprivations, and conflict with the local peoples caused many to fail over the years.

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State Facts

State of Maine

  1. Chellie Pingree (D)
  2. Bruce Poliquin (R)

State Symbols

State flag:
Flag of the State of Maine
State seal:
Great Seal of the State of Maine
State motto: Dirigo ( LatinI lead)
State nickname: The Pine Tree State
State animal: Moose (Alces alces)
State berry: Wild Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
State bird: Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
State cat: Maine Coon (Felis catus)
State dessert: Blueberry pie
State fish: Landlocked Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
State flower: Eastern White Pine cone and tassel (Pinus strobus)
State herb: Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
State insect: European honey bee (Apis mellifera)
State tree: Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
State fossil: Pertica (Pertica quadrifaria)
State beverage: Moxie
State gemstone: Tourmaline
State soil: Chesuncook
State song: State of Maine Song
State tartan: Maine State Tartan
State treat: Whoopie pie
State vessel: Arctic exploration schooner Bowdoin
Commemorative
   U.S. coin
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2003 U.S. quarter-dollar Maine