Maine | Wikipedia audio article

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00:02:10 1 Etymology
00:05:37 2 History
00:11:59 3 Geography
00:17:47 3.1 Climate
00:19:57 4 Demographics
00:20:06 4.1 Population
00:24:03 4.2 Language
00:24:49 4.3 Religion
00:25:43 5 Economy
00:29:26 5.1 Taxation
00:30:33 5.2 Shipbuilding
00:31:22 6 Transportation
00:31:31 6.1 Airports
00:32:43 6.2 Highways
00:33:41 6.3 Rail
00:33:49 6.3.1 Passenger
00:34:15 6.3.2 Freight
00:34:36 7 Law and government
00:36:20 7.1 Counties
00:36:47 7.2 State and local politics
00:37:47 7.3 Federal politics
00:40:48 8 Municipalities
00:40:57 8.1 Organized municipalities
00:43:14 8.2 Unorganized territory
00:44:15 8.3 Most populous cities and towns
00:45:07 9 Education
00:47:05 10 Culture
00:47:14 10.1 Sports teams
00:47:22 10.1.1 Professional
00:47:47 10.1.2 Non-professional
00:48:05 10.1.3 NCAA
00:48:15 10.2 State symbols
00:49:20 10.3 In popular culture
00:49:29 11 Notable people
00:49:57 12 See also

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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
– Socrates

Maine ( (listen)) is a U.S. state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Maine is the 12th smallest by area, the 9th least populous, and the 38th most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. It is bordered by New Hampshire to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest respectively. Maine is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States, and the northernmost east of the Great Lakes. It is known for its jagged, rocky coastline; low, rolling mountains; heavily forested interior; and picturesque waterways, as well as its seafood cuisine, especially lobster and clams. There is a humid continental climate throughout the state, even in coastal areas such as its most populous city of Portland. The capital is Augusta.
For thousands of years, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine. At the time of European arrival in what is now Maine, 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 over the years.
As Maine entered the 18th century, only a half dozen European settlements had survived. Loyalist and Patriot forces contended for Maine’s territory during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. At the close of the War of 1812, it was occupied by British forces, but the territory of Maine was returned to the United States as part of a peace treaty that was to include dedicated land on the Michigan peninsula for Native American peoples. Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1820, when it voted to secede from Massachusetts to become a separate state. On March 15, 1820, under the Missouri Compromise, it was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state.