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            Maine flag

            Capital: Augusta

            State abbreviation/Postal code: Maine/ME

            Governor: Paul LePage, R (to Jan. 2019)

            Senators: Susan Collins, R (to Jan. 2021); Angus King, I (to Jan. 2019)

            U.S. Representatives: 2

            Historical biographies of Congressional members

            Secy. of State: Matthew Dunlap, D (since 2012)

            Treasurer: Terry Hayes, Unenrolled

            Atty. General: Janet T. Mills, D (to Dec. 2016)

            Entered Union (rank): March 15, 1820 (23)

            Present constitution adopted: 1820

            Motto: Dirigo (I lead)

            State symbols:

            flowerwhite pine cone and tassel (1895)
            treewhite pine tree (1945)
            birdchickadee (1927)
            fishlandlocked salmon (1969)
            mineraltourmaline (1971)
            songa€?State of Maine Songa€? (1937)
            animalmoose (1979)
            catMaine coon cat (1985)
            fossilpertica quadrifaria (1985)
            insecthoneybee (1975)

            Nickname: Pine Tree State

            Origin of name: First used to distinguish the mainland from the offshore islands. It has been considered a compliment to Henrietta Maria, queen of Charles I of England. She was said to have owned the province of Mayne in France.

            10 largest cities (2012): Portland, 66,214; Lewiston, 36,460; Bangor, 32,817; South Portland, 25,088; Auburn, 22,972; Biddeford , 21,309; Augusta , 18,946; Saco, 18,758; Westbrook, 17,606; Windham, 16,901

            Land area: 30,862 sq mi. (79,933 sq km)

            Geographic center: In Piscataquis Co., 18 mi. N of Dover-Foxcroft

            Number of counties: 16

            Largest county by population and area: Cumberland, 281,674 (2010); Aroostook, 6,672 sq mi.

            State forests: 1 (21,000 ac.)

            State parks: 30+

            State historic sites: 18 (403 ac.)

            Residents: Mainer

            2013 resident population: 1,329,328

            2010 resident census population (rank): 1,328,361 (39). Male: 650,056; Female: 678,305. White: 1,264,971 (94.4%); Black: 15,707 (1.1%); American Indian: 8,568 (0.6%); Asian: 13,571 (1.0%); Other race: 4,261 (0.1%); Two or more races: 20,941 (1.4%); Hispanic/Latino: 16,935 (1.3%); 2010 population 18 and over: 1,053,828; 65 and over: 211,080; median age: 42.7.

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            John Cabot and his son, Sebastian, are believed to have visited the Maine coast in 1498. However, the first permanent English settlements were not established until more than a century later, in 1623.

            The first naval action of the Revolutionary War occurred in 1775 when colonials captured the British sloop Margaretta off Machias on the Maine coast. In that same year, the British burned Falmouth (now Portland).

            Long governed by Massachusetts, Maine became the 23rd state as part of the Missouri Compromise in 1820.

            Maine produces 98% of the nation's low-bush blueberries. Farm income is also derived from apples, potatoes, dairy products, and vegetables, with poultry and eggs the largest selling items.

            The state is one of the world's largest pulp-paper producers. With almost 89% of its area forested, Maine turns out wood products from boats to toothpicks. Maine also leads the world in the production of the familiar flat tins of sardines, producing more than 75 million of them annually. In 2005, Maine lobstermen landed nearly 63 million pounds of lobster. A glut of lobsters in 2012, caused by warmer temperatures and successful conservation, drove the price fisherman receive to 40-year lows, well under $2.00 per pound.

            A scenic seacoast, beaches, lakes, mountains, and resorts make Maine a popular vacationland. There are more than 2,500 lakes and 5,000 streams, plus more than 30 state parks to attract hunters, fishermen, skiers, and campers.

            Major points of interest are Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Allagash National Wilderness Waterway, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, and the St. Croix Island National Monument.

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