Maine

Maine State Flag Gifts & Merchandise

Date of Statehood: March 15, 1820

Capital: Augusta

Population: 1,328,361 (2010)

Size: 35,384 square miles

Nickname(s): Pine Tree State; Vacationland

Motto: Dirigo (“I lead”)

Tree: White Pine

Flower: White Pine Cone

Bird: Chickadee

Maine Timeline
  • 1000 - Leif Ericson discovers the coast of North America.
  • 1524 - Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano sails up the coast of Maine.
  • 1604 - Frenchmen Pierre du Guast and Samuel de Champlain found the first European settlement on St. Croix Island.
  • 1607 - The first English settlement in Maine is established at Popham.
  • 1634 - The first sawmill begins operation. Lumber will be a major part of Maine's economy for many years to come.
  • 1652 - Maine becomes part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1775 - Colonists capture the British ship the Margaretta off the coast of Maine.
  • 1820 - Maine is admitted as the 23rd state.
  • 1820 - Potatoes become the number one crop.
  • 1832 - Augusta becomes the new state capital.
  • 1863 - Soldiers from Maine fight at the Battle of Gettysburg under Colonel Joshua Chamberlain.