The US state of Maine, the northernmost of the six New England states, is rightly described as a pleasant region. Wide, sparsely populated land, grandiose coastal landscapes, mainly medium-sized and small cities and seafood in all variations attract millions of tourists every year.
Next to the one further north Bar Harbor counts Portland among the preferred destinations of the cruise lines. Geographically, the city lies at 43 ° 40 'north latitude and 70 ° 15' west longitude. The offshore islands of the vast Casco Bay protect Portland from the floods of the Atlantic.
If you follow the popular poetry of tourism experts and cruise lines, everything in Portland / Maine revolves around the lobster. At the beginning of the 19th century, lobsters could still be washed up at the stalls after heavy storms, and the coastal residents couldn't think of anything better than to use the fine delicacies as fertilizer and fishing bait. Only efficient cooling systems made it possible to ship the lobsters over long distances. This established the reputation of Maine lobsters as a delicacy in the years after 1850. And that's how it stayed until today.
Portland, Maine - lobsters everywhere
The origins of Portland date back to 1632. At that time the British established a trading and fishing post, which they named Falmouth gifts. In 1786 the settlement was renamed Portland. After the present US state of Maine split off from Massachusetts in 1820, Portland was declared the capital of this state. At that time, the city was recovering from the adverse effects of the American President imposed between 1807 and 1809 Embargo Act. The economic embargo directed against England and France drove companies in the New England states into a severe depression; the ports, including Portland's, were on the verge of collapse.
Portland / Maine - Portlands Harbor today
The city prospered again after Maine ships were again allowed to call at ports around the world. From 1823, regular shipping with steamers was established between Boston and Portland. - The city got into a difficult situation again when in the great fire of 1866, triggered by the national holiday celebrations, the city burned down. Hundreds of houses, almost all public buildings and half of all churches fell victim to the devastating flames. The city was then rebuilt in Victorian style. The many representative brick buildings in the center of the city were built during this time. The city seal is a reminder of this development. Next to the city coat of arms is the Latin word "Resurgam", which means something like "I will be resurrected".
Portland / Maine - City Hall
Portland was indeed the capital city in 1832 Augusta but not lost in importance. This in Cumberland county Portland is the largest city in the US state of Maine with more than 66.000 inhabitants. More than 400.000 people live in the metropolitan area. The car ride to Boston, the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England, it takes less than two hours to use Interstate 95.
Portland / Maine - The business district
In 2003 the American honored National Historic Trust Portland as one of twelve unmistakable destinations in the USA. The picturesque Old Port District with the restored merchant houses attracts many tourists. Offices, shops, bars and restaurants are located in the buildings. Portland is known for its im Arts District local art scene. Those are worth mentioning there Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Stage Company. The art museum owns 15 works of art from the 000th century to the present day. The most important American painters, well-known European artists and contemporary art events are of importance.
Portland / Maine - Portland Museum of Art
Portland is the location of large financial service providers and a tourist center. The city's most important son is the writer Stephen edwin kingwho achieved international fame through his horror novels. He is considered to be one of the most widely read and commercially successful authors today. Read below to find out what Portland has to offer day guests who come by cruise ship Portland Attractions and One day in Portland.