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Monday, 7 March 2016

Maine

The first European settlement in Maine was by the French in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons.

As part of the Missouri Compromise, the exclave of Massachusetts known as Maine was given its own U.S. statehood on March 15, 1820, making it the 23rd state.

Flag of Maine

Maine is both the northernmost state in New England and the largest, accounting for nearly half the region's whole land area.

Estcourt Station, Maine, may be the northernmost town in the contiguous U.S., but it's still farther south than Paris or London.

Maine is the only state that borders on only one state. (New Hampshire to the west).

The Maine Coast has about 3,500 miles of coastline.

There are more than 2,000 islands off the coast of Maine.

Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.

The municipalities of Eastport and Lubec are the easternmost city and town in the United States.

The state capital is Augusta with a population of 19,136 (2010), making it the third least-populous state capital (after Montpelier, Vermont and Pierre, South Dakota) in the nation.

Maine State House

Maine is the only state on America whose name is only one syllable

In 1939, Maine passed legislation to make it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder.

The state produces 25% of all blueberries in North America, making Maine the largest blueberry maker in the world

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