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Maine's history with civilization goes back as far as 11,500 years! The Abenaki Indians were living in Maine from this time and on for centuries. It was not really documented until its discovery by European explorer Giovanni da Verranzano in 1524.
In the early 1600s, the French began a colony in Maine at the start of the St. Croix River, shortly followed by the arrival of British settlers. The state's name was officially declared in 1622 and soon it began playing an important role with Massachusetts by the British establishments that needed protection and more territory to keep from French and Indian invasions. From here on, wars were to come. 1675 saw King Phillip's war between the English and the French and the Indians. One hundred years later, in 1775, Maine's coast hosted battles and troupes fighting in America's Revolutionary War.
Bangor began building up for its lumber business. Building went to booming and before long, it was the lumber capital of the world by the mid 1800s. The lumber that was originally being used to build ships, over time changed to make pulp and paper.
Bangor is one of Maine's biggest hubbubs of commercial activity thanks to the lumber business that put it on the map years ago. Its serene natural and beautiful surroundings attract tourists.