What Is the Capital of Maine?


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The capital of Maine is Augusta. The town of Augusta was formed in 1799, before Maine was officially a state. When Maine became the 23rd state in 1820, it named Portland, Maine as the state capital. In 1827, however, the state of Maine designated Augusta as the state capital instead.

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Although then-Governor Enoch Lincoln signed the bill in 1827 to make the town of Augusta the state capital, the state government continued to work in Portland while a new state building was being constructed. The first state legislation in Augusta occurred in 1832. The town of Augusta officially became a city in 1849.

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