233 Illustrated map of Maine, c. 1950's
Regarded as the most easterly state in the U.S, the largest of the New England states, and is nicknamed the Pine Tree State, Maine is a picture of natural beauty as playfully depicted in this beautifully painted map. While this map may offer hints about Maine in 1950s, it shares much about present day Maine as well. The name Maine was used to make a distinction between the mainland and the offshore islands. However, Maine was derived from the French Province of Mayne, and is believed to be in homage to Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I of England.
The Algonquian-speaking Wabanaki peoples were the first inhabitants of Maine. In the 1620s, the first permanent English settlements were established in Maine. The largest city in Maine, Portland, was the original capital of the state, but in 1832, Augusta was designated the new capital. Maine is well-known for its scenic seacoast, beautiful beaches, pristine lakes, and rolling mountains, making it a picturesque place to explore.
The flora and fauna of the region are diverse and is unmatched in most other U.S states. The forests are dominated by softwoods, primarily red and white spruces, balsam fir, and eastern hemlock, along with white and red pine. Some of the state’s most important hardwoods include beech, yellow birch, sugar and red maples, black willow, white ash, and American elm.
Several diverse land animal species is supported by Maine’s beautiful physical settings.
Common forest animals include white tailed-deer, moose bobcat, beaver, muskrat, river otter, mink, red fox, and snowshoe hare. Animals on the coastal water comprises of the osprey, herring, great black-backed gull, and double-crested cormorant.
Maine’s potato industry has remained vital to the state to this day, and is the state’s largest agricultural crop. Lumber products are still a major part of the state’s economy as well. The state also produces more than 95% of the nation’s low-bush berries, and is one of the largest producers of pulp-paper.
Maine’s 200 plus lakes, roughly 5,000 streams, and various state parks provides much leisure, and attract hunters, fishermen, and campers, along with families who are looking for a great spot to make lasting memories.
All sizes are approximate.
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