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Did you know that the state of Maine is situated in the New England area of America?  Did you know that the State Motto is "Dirigo"; translated the motto means "I lead"? Did you know that Maine is the 23rd state of the U.S. constitution? Read our facts sheet to find out more - why not watch the free entertaining video and learn about the US States the easy way!

Fun Fact 1: There are two possible explanations to the naming of Maine; the first is simply because the region is a mainland, the other that it has connections with an old province of northwest France south of Normandy, that is also called Maine

Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of blue which centrally depicts the state coat of arms. The coat of arms consists of a shield, displaying a pine tree and moose (state symbols) upon a scenic view. Above the shield is a yellow star (the North Star), and a red ribbon with the State Motto "Dirigo" which means "I lead". To the left of the shield is a farmer, to the right a seaman, together they represent agricultural and maritime industries. At the bottom of the shield is a pale blue banner with the state name written in white letters

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of Maine is Augusta. The 28th US President, Woodrow Wilson was raised in Augusta; the city was named after the British Princess, Augusta of Wales

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 91,646 square kilometers or 35,385 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There is just one state that borders Maine - New Hampshire

Fun Fact 6: The Maine state nickname is "The Pine Tree State"; the white pine tree is also the state  tree symbol. There are more than 17 million acres of forests within the state, the white pines were historically highly valued as they were used for masts in ship building, and the forests today supply resources for manufactured products such as paper, card and pulp

Fun Fact 7: The state flower of Maine is the White Pine Cone and Tassel

Fun Fact 8: The official song is "State of Maine Song" it was written by Roger V. Snow

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Maine are Portland, Lewiston and Bangor

Fun Fact 10: The climate has warm humid summers 75 - 80F (24 - 27C), and cold snowy winters 32F (0C), which can be severe 0F (-18C) in the northern regions of the state

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of Maine - The first European settlement was in the year 1602, it became part of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652. During the 17th and early 18th centuries control of the region was in conflict between the French, English and the native people. In 1842 Maine's northern boundary with New Brunswick was settled by treaty. Maine was admitted to the constitution on March 15, 1820 it was the 23rd State to be admitted

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of Maine is - Maine. The Postal Code abbreviation is - ME

Fun Fact 13: The State Animal Symbol is the Moose. Biologists estimate the state moose population is approximately 76,000. Alaska has a bigger population of moose; Maine takes second place for moose numbers

Fun Fact 14: The Maine coastline stretches for 400 km (230 miles), the tidal coastline measures approximately 5,600 km (3,500 miles). Popular beaches include; Long Sands Beach, Popham Beach, Sand beach, Old Orchard Beach and Ogunquit Beach

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Maine in 2012 was an estimated 1,329,192. This compares to a population of 694,466 in the 1900 census

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