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Maine is noted for its windswept rocky beaches and seacoast villages of whitewashed wooden houses. Visitors come to photograph its picturesque lighthouses and feast on succulent lobster dinners. Skiers, hikers, and hunters alike are drawn to the many ski resorts and trails which cover Maine's craggy, forested mountains. Indeed, Maine's "Vacationland" nickname is well deserved!
Abenaki, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy tribal peoples lived in Maine before the English and French arrived. Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820, after years of being joined to Massachusetts. Soon after, settlers were drawn to this wilderness land, where they labored at fishing, fur trapping, and lumbering as well as shipbuilding, shoemaking, and textile manufacturing.
Forests that cover about nine-tenths of Maine attract outdoor enthusiasts, while seafood restaurants and cozy inns attract less active New England vacationers. Maine boasts extensive waterways and many lakes; Moosehead Lake and Sebago Lake are two of the major recreational lakes in the state. On Maine's non-forested arable land, farms produce apples, potatoes, and oats, as well as vegetables, dairy products, and an abundance of blueberries.
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