Maine History Made Easy Trivia
What do you know about Maine? Take this Maine
History Made Easy Trivia quiz.
Who were the earliest culture known to have inhabited Maine, from
roughly 3000 B.C. to 1000 B.C., a maritime group known for elaborate
burials using red ochre.
- The Burial People
- Red Flower People
- Red Paint People
2. The first European settlement in Maine was made
in 1604 by a French party. Who was a member of the party?
- Claude La Salle
- Samuel de Champlain
- Charles de Gaul
3. English colonists sponsored by the Plymouth
Company attempted a settlement in Maine in 1607, but it was eventually
abandoned. Where was the Popham Colony?
4. In 1775 a British fleet bombarded and destroyed
Portland, occupied Eastport and much of [Downeast] Maine, and in 1779
captured Castine. A fleet from Massachusetts (the so-called Penobscot
Expedition) attempted to recover Castine but was decimated by the
British, with and other survivors sent scrambling into the woods. The
British intent was to carve off the eastern half of Maine as the new
British province of "New Ireland". Who was one of the
survivors of the Expedition?
- John Paul Jones
- Lighthorse Harry Lee
- Paul Revere
5. Maine suffered more in the War of 1812 than
anywhere else in New England. British army and naval forces from nearby
Nova Scotia captured and occupied the eastern coast from Machias to
Castine, and plundered the Penobscot River towns of Hampden and Bangor.
True or False?
6. When did Maine gain statehood?
7. The still-lingering border dispute with British
North America came to head in 1839 when Maine Governor Fairfield
declared virtual war on Britain over the incursion of lumbermen from New
Brunswick into northern Maine. Four regiments of Maine militia were
mustered in Bangor and marched to the border of British North America,
ready for a fight. What was this conflict known as?
- Lumber War
- Fairfield War
- Aroostook War
8. In 1835, what was the name of the first
railroad in Maine?
- Calais Railroad
- Bangor Railroad
- Portland Railroad
9. The 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
played a key role at the Battle of Gettysburg. Who commanded the
regiment at Gettysburg?
- Col. Adelbert Ames
- Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
- Maj. Ellis Spear
10. Who was NOT born in Maine?
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Leon Leonwood Bean
- Tom Mix