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1. Settled by Europeans in the 17th century and officially declared a state in 1820, Maine is known for its chilly winters. Blanketed in forests, and bordered on one side by thousands of miles of coastline, the state is full of wonders both natural and human-made. For thousands of years, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine. The first European settlement in the area was by the French in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons. As Maine entered the 18th century, only a half dozen European settlements had survived.
2. Maine has its own desert, which spans 40 acres outside the town of Freeport. Though its silt hills are now a popular tourist attraction, the desert originally developed as a result of over-farming in the area.
3. Maine is nicknamed “The Pine Tree State.” The tree appears on the state flag, and, as of 2012, a full 89 percent of the state was covered in forest, making it the most tree-covered state in the US.
4. Maine has a ton of quirky museums, including the telephone museum in Ellsworth, the Maine Coast Sardine History Museum in Jonesport, the Umbrella Cover Museum in Portland, and perhaps most famously, the International Cryptozoology Museum (also in Portland), dedicated to the study of “hidden” or “unknown” animals like Yetis, Bigfoot, and Lake Monsters.
5. Maine is known as “The Birthplace of Prohibition.” The state was the first to ban the sale and manufacture of alcohol in 1851 (although the law was repealed five years later), and in 1880, Portland Mayor Neal Dow, sometimes called the “Father of Prohibition,” ran for president on the Prohibition Party ticket.
6. European contact with what is now called Maine started around 1200 CE when Norwegians interacted with the native Penobscot in present-day Hancock County, most likely through trade. About 200 years earlier, from the settlements of Iceland and Greenland, Norwegians had discovered America and attempted to settle areas such as Newfoundland, but failed to establish a permanent settlement there. Archeological evidence suggests that Norwegians in Greenland returned to North America for several centuries after the initial discovery to collect timber and to trade, with the most relevant evidence being the Maine Penny, a 10th-century Norwegian coin found at a Native American dig site in 1954.
7. The first capital of Maine was Portland. It was established as the village of Casco in 1632, thus making it one of the oldest cities in the US. Today Portland is the state’s largest city. But Portland didn’t remain a capital for long. Just 12 years after Maine became a state, the capital was moved to Augusta. This is an even older city, having been established in 1629 as Cushnoc in an area that was a hotbed of Native American hostilities towards European settlements.
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