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Maine State Records


The state of Maine is also called "The Pine Tree State". Their moto is 'Dirigo' (Latin for 'I lead' 'I guide' or 'I direct'). Before statehood it was called District of Maine. Maine's government is comprised of the Governor, who is currently Paul LePage (R), Senators: Olympia Snowe (R), Susan Collins (R), House Delegation: Chellie Pingree (D) Michael Michaud (D) (list).The legislature is Maine Legislature.

Total area for Maine is 35,385 sq mi (91,646 km2) (Ranked 39th in the U.S.). The width is 210 miles (338 km) and the length is 320 miles (515 km). In terms of latitude and longitude we have: 42° 58′ N to 47° 28′ N and 66° 57′ W to 71° 5′ W. According to the 2010 United States Census, the total population is 1,328,188 (2011 est) (Ranked 41st in the U.S.). The highest point is Mount Katahdin 5,270 ft (1606.4 m) and the lowest point is Atlantic Ocean sea level.

The local time zone is Eastern: UTC-5/-4. The abbreviations used for this state are ME US-ME. Additional information and the official website of the state is found at www.maine.gov.

Maine (i/ˈmeɪn/) is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, New Hampshire to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is both the northernmost and easternmost portion of New England. It is known for its scenery—its jagged, mostly rocky coastline, its low, rolling mountains, its heavily forested interior and picturesque waterways—as well as for its seafood cuisine, especially lobsters and clams.

For thousands of years, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine. At the time of European encounter, several Algonquian-speaking peoples inhabited the area. The first European settlement in Maine was by the French in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons. The first English settlement in Maine, the short-lived Popham Colony, was 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. As Maine entered the 18th century, only a half dozen European settlements survived. Patriot and British forces contended for Maine's territory during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1820, when it voted to secede from Massachusetts. On March 15, 1820, it was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state under the Missouri Compromise. Maine is the 39th most extensive and the 41st most populous of the 50 United States.

To the south and east is the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and northeast is New Brunswick, a province of Canada. The Canadian province of Quebec is to the northwest. Maine is both the northernmost state in New England and the largest, accounting for nearly half the region's entire land area. Maine has the distinction of being the only state to border just one other state (New Hampshire to the west). Maine is the easternmost state in the United States both in its extreme points and its geographic center. The municipalities of Eastport and Lubec are, respectively, the easternmost city and town in the United States. Estcourt Station is Maine's northernmost point, as well as the northernmost point in New England. (For more information see extreme points of the United States).

   
 

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