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Pine Tree State - Recognizes the white pine tree, an officially designated state symbol. Maine possesses over 17 million acres of forests
Old Dirigo State - State motto, Dirigo,
Vacationland - License plates.
Origin of Name
First used to distinguish the mainland from the offshore islands. It has been considered a compliment to Henrietta Maria, queen of Charles I of England. She was said to have owned the province of Mayne in France.
It is really not known how the name for this state originated. One theory suggests that the state was named by French colonists after the French province of Mayne. Another mentions that "Main" was a common term to describe a mainland
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White Mountain National Forest