The United States of America is diverse landscape with many different factors playing into the development and governance of each individual state. The federal government is the controlling factor in the American political system and over time has grown to an immense force that has major power in the state’s power. The power of the federal and state government come from the Constitution, which outlines the power of the federal government and anything not explicitly stated is left for the individual state to decide upon. Each state operates individually and each has their own unique interest and problems to deal with.
Maine was first explored by the Portuguese under the Spanish flag. They mapped the coastline of the area, but did not settle. The first European settlement was on the St. Croix Island in 1604 by the French. The French and British would fight over this area until the 1750’s when they were defeated in the French and Indian War. The British colonized the area in 1607, but the colony never gained a strong foothold due to the harsh climate and the loss of the colony’s leader, George Popham. Maine, which was referred to as Arcadia by the French, was part of Massachusetts. During this time, various Indian tribes, France, Britain, and briefly Holland fought for control of the region.
Before the Revolutionary War, Maine was an epicenter of patriotism because of the lower levels of loyalist activities than the rest of the colonies. It was the first the site of the first naval battle of the war in 1776. Captain Henry Mowat of the Royal Navy was tasked with controlling the coast of Maine. He dismantled the fort and burned Falmouth (now Portland) to the ground. He is still largely regarded a...
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Maine v. Alabama
These states are very different in how the developed since their entry into the Union, in which, Maine entered at 22 and Alabama entered at 23. The foundation laid by these two states went on to shape their history until the present. Maine is the northern most state, in New England, of the lower 48 and Alabama is located in the deep South. The state’s regions had an immense impact on the economy and politics. Maine was one of the first to support the abolitionist movement, before the Civil War and Alabama was a strong supporter of Succession. This type of attitude stuck with each state and developed their political views. Alabama restricted African Americans right to vote until the Civil Rights movement and was a hotbed of turmoil and clashes.
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