Monday, August 15, 2016

6 rather historical facts about Maine

Hancock Point, Maine
1. Maine voted to secede from Massachusetts in 1820 in order to become a state.

2. There's evidence (including an ancient coin) that Norwegians traded and harvested timber in what's now Hancock County, Maine, as early as the twelfth century.

Civil War monument, Camden, Maine
3. The 20th Maine, under Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, defended Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. They prevented the Confederate Army from flanking the Union Army position.

4. There's no definite source for the name of the state, but it's been used since the 1600s.

Trail sign in New Hampshire
5. Maine is the least densely populated state east of the Mississippi River. The Appalachian Trail ends in the state, at Mt. Katahdin.

6. Academy award winning director John Ford was a native of Maine.

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