Historical Atlas of Maine featured in UMaine Today

Discovering Maine

New atlas offers a unique perspective on the state’s history

by Margaret Nagle, UMaine Today, University of Maine

Map of Portland Maine

Maine’s North Woods first called Henry David Thoreau in 1846, when he traveled the West Branch of the Penobscot in a bateau and scaled Mount Katahdin. Over the next 11 years, the philosopher-naturalist made two more expeditions into the Maine woods, both times with Penobscot Native guides. On those journeys, Thoreau discovered the natural wonder of Maine’s wilderness and came to a better understanding of Penobscot culture.

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