In the extreme northeast of the USA is the U.S. state of Maine,
which is also known as "The Pine Tree State". With this reference to
the pines of the state, it quickly becomes clear that nature and
forests play a special role in this part of the United States.
Maine not only has plenty of forest to offer, but also numerous
lakes and stretches of coast that have made many holidaymakers rave
about New England 's largest state. It is also known for its fishing
and Maine for the gourmets of highly esteemed lobster (Engl.
Lobster) of the region, there is in palatable form to eat anywhere.
For the northern state, Polarstern and seafaring also play an
important role and so the state motto " Dirigo " (in
German: I lead!) Is an allusion to this star. With its low
population density, the state is the most sparsely populated state
in New England.
The residents of Maine are considered to be close to nature and
robust, also a little (by American standards) as reserved. What is
striking is the high proportion of people whose ancestors come from
France. This is also due to the fact that some French Canadians have
moved here. The Acadians therefore make up a large proportion of the
population and French is quite common, especially in northern
Maine. There are also a number of smaller Algonquin Indian
However, the usual language in Maine, like in the other states,
is English. The population is otherwise predominantly of European
origin; in addition to the French, the British, Irish, Germans,
Poles and Scandinavians also settled here. African Americans and
Asians are rather few, and Hispanics are not as well represented as
in other regions of the USA. The strongest church are the Catholics,
followed by Protestants, Methodists and Free Churches.
- Area: 91,646 sq km
- Population: 1,328,188
- Abbreviation: ME
- Capital: Augusta
- Local time: GMT -4
- Nickname: The Pine Tree State
Sandy beaches on the Atlantic and nature experience in lakes and
Maine's economy thrives on fishing (including Maine lobster),
agriculture (cattle breeding, milk and egg production, fruit,
potatoes, blueberries and maple). Lots of nature, beautiful beaches
and the only national park in New England (as well as some state
parks) with rare flora and fauna attract numerous vacationers from
all over the USA, but especially the big cities like New York
City, Boston and Philadelphia to Maine.
Although the water temperatures in the coastal towns such as Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, York and Wells
Beach are also fresh in summer, the wonderful sandy
beaches and wonderful water sports opportunities attract visitors to
With four distinct seasons, there are reasons for a trip to Maine
every season: in winter you can ski and do other winter sports in
Maine, hike the woods in spring, go to the beach on the Atlantic in
summer and Indian summer with the various in autumn Enjoy
leaf coloration. Maine is also rightly called: Vacationland.
In addition to the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec
as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Maine borders on only one U.S. state,
namely New Hampshire. As a percentage, Maine is the most
forested state in the USA, the highest point is at 1,606 m (Mount
Katahdin). The largest cities are Portland (not to be confused with
Portland in Oregon!), Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland, Auburn,
Biddeford and the capital Augusta.