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The first English settlement was the short-lived Popham Colony, established by the Plymouth Company in 1607.
A number of English settlements were established along the coast of Maine in the 1620s, although the rugged climate, deprivations, and conflict with the local peoples caused many to fail over the years.
There is a humid continental climate throughout the state, even in coastal areas such as its most populous city of Portland. For thousands of years, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine.On March 15, 1820, under the Missouri Compromise, it was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state.There is no definitive explanation for the origin of the name "Maine", but the most likely origin is that the name was given by early explorers after the former province of Maine in France.Mason had served with the Royal Navy in the Orkney Islands, where the chief island is called Mainland, a possible name derivation for these English sailors.In 1623, the English naval captain Christopher Levett, exploring the New England coast, wrote: "The first place I set my foote upon in New England was the Isle of Shoals, being Ilands [sic] in the sea, above two Leagues from the Mayne." Initially, several tracts along the coast of New England were referred to as Main or Maine (cf. A reconfirmed and enhanced April 3, 1639 charter, from England's King Charles I, gave Sir Ferdinando Gorges increased powers over his new province and stated that it "shall forever hereafter, be called and named the PROVINCE OR COUNTIE OF MAINE, and not by any other name or names whatsoever..." The original inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine were Algonquian-speaking Wabanaki peoples, including the Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin.
Maine is the 39th most extensive and the 9th least populous of the U. Maine is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States, and the northernmost east of the Great Lakes.