4-19 The State of Maine

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The great state of Maine became the 23rd state in the Union on March 15, 1820.  Its state capital is Augusta.  Maine has 3,500 miles of coastline.  It has over 6,000 lake and ponds.  There is no clear answer to where Maine got its name however on popular thought has to do with a practical nautical term, "the main" or "Main Land", "Meyne" or "Mainland", which served to distinguish the bulk of the state from the numerous islands.  Maine is a product of the Ice Age. The last glacier was responsible for cutting what had been a relatively straight coastline into the hundreds of bays, inlets and harbors that we know today. The receding ice sheet formed the 2,000 or so islands found off the Maine coast.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "I direct"  
Nickname "Pine Tree State"  
State Seal 1919
State Bird Chickadee 1927
State Floral Emblem Pine Cone & Tassel 1895
State Song "State of Maine" 1937
State Tree White Pine 1945
State Flag 1909
State Insect Honeybee 1775
State Fish Landlocked Salmon 1969
State Animal Moose 1979
State Mineral Tourmaline 1971
State Herb Wintergreen 1999

Complete the questions below.

1.  Maine became the 23rd state in the Union on March 15, .

2.  Wintergreen is the state .

3.  The state animal is the .

4.  Maine's many bays, inlets, and harbors were formed by a .

5.  The state floral emblem is the .

6.  The state bird is the .

7.  "I direct" is the state .

8.  The state fish is the .

9.  Maine has miles of coastline.

10.  The "State of Maine" is the state .



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