This Day in History: March 15, 1820
Maine (the Pine Tree State, also commonly known as the Lighthouse State) became the 23rd state on this day as part of the Missouri Compromise. This geographically limited the spread of slavery and enabled the admission to statehood of Missouri the following year, keeping a balance between slave and free states. The state motto of Maine is Dirigo (Latin for “I Direct” or “I Lead”).
Maine is one of few states that has a designated cat. Every heard of the Maine Coon Cat? Check it out @Awakenings!