Maine is inspirational. Maine was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on March 15, 1820. Maine has two nicknames. Vacationland is one. Tourism is a major industry in Maine. The Pine Tree State is the other nickname. Over 83% of the state is covered in forest. This includes uninhabited land without political organization. Pine trees and mixed oaks are present in in this temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome.
Maine is bordered to the north and northeast by New Brunswick, Canada. To the south and east is the Atlantic Ocean. New Hampshire is to the west. Quebec, Canada is to the northwest. Maine, being the by far largest state in New England, only borders one other state due in part to its far northern position.
Algonquian-speaking Wabanaki Peoples are the original inhabitants of Maine. It is believed Norwegians traded with native peoples around the year 1200. French explorers had at settlement in Maine in 1604. The first English settlement was in 1607. Maine was fought over during the 17th and early 18th centuries by French, English, and natives. Almost a quarter of the state’s residents are still French Americans. American and British forces fought over Maine during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Maine was part of Massachusetts following these wars. Maine voted to succeed from Massachusetts in 1820. Maine’s capital moved from Portland to Augusta in 1832.
Today, Maine’s economy is diverse, yet influenced by the state’s location. Agricultural outputs include poultry, eggs, cattle, dairy products, blueberries, apples, potatoes, maple syrup, and maple sugar. Commercial fishing and lobstering are important. Aquifers and springs are a source of bottled water. Industrial outputs include paper, wood products, electronic equipment, leather products, food products, textiles, and bio-technology. Naval shipbuilding and the U.S. Navy are important to Maine. Maine’s ports play a key role. Tourism and outdoor recreation are important to Maine’s economy as well.
Maine’s climate is humid continental. Summers are warm and humid. Winters are cold and snowy. Coastal areas are moderated by the Atlantic Ocean. Maine’s coastal areas experience “nor’easters”, intense cold storms, however thunderstorms and tornados are not common.
Maine’s government has an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. The state is divided into counties. Organized municipalities provide local services, keeps records, collects fees, and passes ordinances. Municipalities contain cities,towns, and plantations. There are three Native American Indian Reservations in Maine. There are unorganized territories in Maine as well. There are four types of public schools. There are private and “semi-private” schools.
Professional, non-professional, and NCAA teams attracts fans. Over two dozen famous authors have books with connection to Maine. Over two dozen films have connection to Maine. Over a dozen television productions have connection to Maine. There are also video games and web series with connection to Maine. Be inspired! Have a bright day!