Maine display's its official
Coat-of-Arms on a field of blue (the blue should match
the blue shade of the U.S. flag, however, this rule is not
MOTTO: "Dirigo" (translates to "I Lead", or "I
ENTERED UNION: Mar. 15, 1820
FLAG ADOPTED: March 21, 1901 (revised design in
COMMENTS: According to the official description,
the flag should have a fringe of yellow silk and should
have a blue and white silk cord attached at the
spearhead. These embellishments are very rarely
Maine's first flag, adopted in 1901,
featured a pine tree and a star on a field of
buff. In 1909 the state legislature adopted a new design
that featured the
Maine Coat-of-Arms. In 1991 and 1997 a bill was
submitted to the legislature in order to revert the flag to
its original design, both of which failed to pass. The 1909
flag is still in use today.
Original State Flag, Maine
- Sunrise in the lower 48 states
occurs first at West Quoddy Head, the easternmost point
of land on the mainland of the United States.
- The French colony of Acadia,
which was first settled in 1604-three years before the
first British colony at Jamestown-included part of what
is now Maine. One third of the state's population is of
French descent and 7 percent are French speaking.
- Maine covers nearly as much
area as the other five New England states combined.
- Acadia is the only national
park in New England. The park's Cadillac Mountain is the
highest point along the Atlantic coast of North America.
- Maine is the only state in the
United States whose name is just one syllable.
- Almost all of the blueberries
produced in the United States come from Maine (about 99