Maine History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Pine Tree State

Great Seal of the State of Maine

Adopted in 1919.


The seal of the State of Maine was adopted in 1919.


The seal of the State shall be a shield in silver, on it is a pine tree with a moose lying at the foot of it; on the left side of the shield is a farmer resting on a scythe; on the right side, a seaman, resting on an anchor.

In the foreground, representing sea and land, and under the shield, shall be the name of the State in large Roman capitals: MAINE

The whole shall be surrounded by a crest, the North Star. The motto, in small Roman capitals, shall be in a label resting between the shield and the crest reading: DIRIGO (I lead).

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.

Capital City: Augusta

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Maine: State of Main Official Web Site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Airports MapAirport Links

Amtrak: Northeast

Area: 35387 sq.mi, 39th   Land 30865 sq. mi., 39th   Water 4523 sq.mi., 12rd   Coastline 228 mi., 9th   Shoreline 3,478 mi., 4th

Area Codes: Maine

Biographies: Famous People from Maine

Bird: Black-capped Chickadee

Border States: Regional List • New Hampshire

Cam World: Live Web Cams

Climate: Maine

Community Pages: Maine Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 23rd State

County Profile: County Map   16 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: Maine News Headlines

Department of: Education | Certification | UMaine The University of Maine, established as the Maine College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862.

Driving: BMV

Economy: Agriculture: Seafood, poultry and eggs, potatoes, dairy products, cattle, blueberries, apples.  Industry: Paper, lumber, and wood products, electric equipment, food processing, leather products, textiles, tourism.

Flag: Maine (ME)

Flower: Whitepine cone and tassel  Pinus strobus, linnaeus ..\flower\maine.htm

Cyndi's List •  Historical Societies

Geographic Center: Piscataquis, north of Dover

Geology Maps: Maine

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Katahdin Mountain; 5,268 feet, 22nd

Highways: Maine Highways

History: History Timeline   Historical     Civil War

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Kids Corner: State of Maine Kids Site

Library: Maine 

License Plates: Maine

Lighthouses: Bass HarborBoon IslandCape ElizabethCape Neddick ("Nubble")Curtis IslandDice HeadHalfway Rock Indian IslandIsle Au Haut (Robinson Point)Owls HeadPortland Head Ram Island LedgeRockland BreakwaterTenants Harbor Two Bush IslandWhitehead

Lottery: Maine

Lowest Point: Atlantic coast; sea level, 3rd

Media: Radio   TV

Motto: Dirigo I lead

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Main: name assumed to be a reference to the state region being a mainland, different from its many surrounding islands.

National Forest: Maine

Native: Wabanaki and Abenaki Internet Resources

New England: States

Population: Quick facts   1,274,923; 40th, 12/00

Real Estate: Every Maine  City, Town & Community

Representatives: Maine House: Members • Maine Senate: Members • US House:   110th Congress • US Senate:   110th Congress

Road Side America: Maine

School Directory: Maine

Soil: Maine - Chesuncook

Song: Maine  • 

Sports: Maine Teams

State Parks: Maine

Symbols: Maine Symbols


Travel: Maine  Travel

Tree: Eastern White pine   Pinus strobus  

Veteran Affairs: Maine VA

Visitor Guides: Maine The Official Website of the Maine Office of Tourism | Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Fisheries & Wildlife in Maine. | Maine Tourism Association  | Acadia National Park National Park on Mount Desert Island.|  Destination: Maine Maine's Travel Guide. |
Maine Travel Vacation Directory A guide to Vacationland.

Weather: Augusta, Augusta State Airport

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