Maine, the 39th largest state in the United States, was originally part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts before voting to separate and being subsequently admitted to the Union in 1820. Maine is marked by rugged forestland and mountainous terrain and is famous for its seafood products, particularly clams and lobsters.
Maine’s economy is based primarily around agriculture and food production, timber products, and shipbuilding. Transportation is also a major industry in Maine with its large ports handling a great deal of New England’s commercial shipping. Outdoor tourism, particularly hunting, fishing, and skiing are common draws for tourists to the state.
Much of Maine’s population is located in the southeastern region of the state near the coast, where it is fairly dispersed. Most of the state’s border with Canada is very sparsely populated.