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|Population (1994): 1,240,000
(39th in size)
State size: 33,265 square miles (39th in size)
State Capital: Augusta (named after Augusta Dearborn, the daughter of Henry Dearborn a Revolutionary War general)
Major cities: Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston and Portland
Admission to union: The 23rd State
Date entered the union: March 15, 1820
Origin of state name: Named by French explorers after the region of Maine in France
Nicknames: The Pine Tree State
Bordering states: New Hampshire with Canada on the north and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
State bird: Chickadee
State flower: Eastern White Pine Cone and Tassel
State tree: Eastern White Pine
Motto: I Direct
|Historically, Maine played a major role in ship building. Industries include fishing, forestry, dairy farming and fruit farming. Tourism also plays a considerable role in the economy.|
|John Cabot explored the area in 1497, only 5 years after Columbus. The area was claimed by both the English and the French until 1763, when the British gained control. Initially part of Massachusetts until after the War of 1812.|
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