About Maine:Englishman John Cabot and his son, Sebastian, are believed to have visited the Maine coast in 1498 after discovering the North America coast in 1497. However, the first permanent English settlements in America were not established until 1623, more than a century later.
The first naval engagement of the Revolutionary War occurred in 1775, when colonials captured the British sloop Margaretta off Machias on the Maine coast.
Maine was governed by Massachusetts until it became the 23rd state as part of the Missouri Compromise. Today, Maine produces 98% of the nation’s low-bush blueberries. Farm income is also derived from apples, potatoes, dairy products, and vegetables, with a thriving poultry and egg industry.
Maine is one of the world’s largest producers of pulp-paper products. Nearly 89% of Maine is covered in thick, northern forest, allowing the state to lead the nation in lumber products. Maine is also the world’s largest source of sardines, producing more than 75 million tins annually. In 2001, Maine lobstermen produced 48 million pounds of lobster.
Maine’s many natural areas and parks attract thousands of visitors each year. There are more than 2,500 lakes, 5,000 streams, and 26 state parks to attract hunters, fishermen, skiers, and campers.
Major attractions for tourism are Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Allagash National Wilderness Waterway, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, and the St. Croix Island National Monument.
A few facts about Maine:
• The population of Maine is 1,317,253 people.
• Land size, 30,862 square miles.
• Persons per square mile is 41.3
• 5.5% are kids under the age of 5 years old.
• 23.6% persons under the age of 18 years old.
• 14.14% of people are over the age of 65 years old.
• 51.3% female persons.
• The median household income is $37,240.
• The average per capita money income is $19,533.
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