On a Maine Cruise, you'll experience fantastic locations that function as gateways to the Great Outdoors. Filled with unique locations and located along the massive Atlantic Ocean, Maine is a popular cruising destination. Many New England cruises and Great Lake cruises make their way to the US state for its outdoor activities, food scenes, arts, cultures, and more.
- Maine shares its border with only 1 other US state, New Hampshire. The population of Maine as of 2019 was 1.344 million. The state has approximately 3,500 miles of shoreline, and 5,500 if you include its islands.
- It its unknown how Maine got its name, but the nickname "Pine Tree State" comes from the fact it's made up of more than 83% of forest.
- Several thousand years after the glaciers melted during the last Ice Age, Maine was only inhabited by Algonquian speaking indigenous people. It wasn't until 1604 when the first Europeans settled the territory. The first documented English settlements were in 1607 and small numbered continued to settle there until 1620 when things began to thrive. The harsh winters and rugged climate made it almost impossible to settle there but eventually, the settlers won out.
- For thousands of years after the glaciers retreated during the last Ice Age, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine. At the time of European arrival, several Algonquian-speaking peoples inhabited the area. The first European settlement in the area was by the French in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons. The first English settlement was the short-lived Popham Colony, established by the Plymouth Company in 1607. A number of English settlements were established along the coast of Maine in the 1620s, although the rugged climate, deprivations, and conflict with the local peoples caused many to fail.
- Maine is responsible for 90% of the nations lobster supply, and is the largest producer of blueberries in the country. Each year the state celebrates "Lobster Fest" where more than 20,000 lbs of lobster are consumed by tourist and locals. Donut holes were invented in Maine. The state also had a desert of 40 acres that was caused from over farming.
- The state gets very cold, in fact they have the coldest Springs of any state. That drives people indoors and as a result, the state is also known for the invention of the snowplow, the snowmobile, and earmuffs.
- Maine was originally part of Massachusetts but in 1820 after the American Revolution, it was awarded statehood.
- The state is considered "The Birthplace of Prohibition" because they were the first to ban alcohol in 1851. since it was the first state to ban alcohol in 1851.
- Maine is the birthplace of L.L. Bean and their flagship store is located there. There is a giant 16' rubber bottom soled boot in a size 410 outside the store.
- The honeybee is the state's insect. In fact, the founder of Burts Bees, Burt Shavitz moved his operation there in 1984 to keep bees.
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