An introduction to the history and geography of maine

John River and its principal tributary, the Allagash, are the major exceptions, flowing north and then east along the northern border of Maine and turning south through New Brunswick, Can. Suspicion of outside influences left farmers slow to innovate.

Maine economic history

These patterns of work and trade shaped a unique rural culture for Maine. You may also hear Mainers referred to as Down Easters because of the eastern longitudes of the state. From these amazingly productive homes, sheds, and dooryards came barrel and box staves, wheels and wagons, shoes, straw hats, boots, and myriad other "industrial" products. With subsistence as a primary goal, the farm family focused on the long winter months when humans and livestock lived off the bounty of the previous season's work. Maine, close to the great cod fisheries on the Grand and Georges banks focused on cod exports. Lawrence Railway was completed in Northern Maine is a dissected upland drained by north-flowing streams. In both cases entire families worked — the men as day laborers digging canals and foundations and railroad grades, and the women and children in the mills.

As maritime trade increased in the area, so did the need for a lighthouse. Lumbering created booms towns, also, such as Bangor, for a time the world's greatest lumber shipping port.

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The state is one of the world's largest pulp-paper producers. Long governed by Massachusetts, Maine became the 23rd state as part of the Missouri Compromise in Companies often competed over construction of canals and dams, sometimes attempting to redirect water to serve their needs.

Well this whole state of Maine looks that way. This moving frontier left behind scores of inland towns founded on the promise of lumbering profits; sawmills provided off-season jobs for farmers, and woods operations consumed the farmers' hay, oats, beans, and potatoes.

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