Portland

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Portland (ME) Travel Guide

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City Introduction

Portland is the largest city in the US state of Maine. The city’s history dates back to 1632, when the area was settled, and Casco was established as a trading post and fishing village. In 1658, the Massachusetts Bay Colony took over the area, and on that occasion the town’s name was changed to Falmouth.

Over the next hundred years, Falmouth was attacked and destroyed several times, but after the American War of Independence, a harbor was built in Falmouth Neck, and it created great growth and development. In 1786, the townspeople decided to change Falmouth Neck’s name to Portland, after an English island. Maine became a state in the United States in 1820, and Portland became the state capital. However, that status only lasted until 1851, when Augusta took over as Maine’s government town.

From the same decade, Portland developed into a major shipping port for exports from Canada due to its ice-free location, and this provided growth for several decades. From 3,700 inhabitants in the year 1800, the number had grown to 50,000 a hundred years later, and since then the number of citizens has increased, while both downtown and suburbs have been developed.

Today, Portland is a big city with several sights in the downtown area, where you are never far from the water that surrounds the city on several sides. You can, for example, start a stroll in the city at Monument Square, which is a square that housed Portland’s city hall until 1888. At that time the Town Hall was demolished and three years later the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was dedicated. It is also called Our Lady of Victories and is a memorial to the American Civil War.

From Monument Square, you can walk northeast along Congress Street through downtown to Portland City Hall, which has been the city hall since 1912. The beautiful building was designed with inspiration from the City Hall in New York City. From here you can walk towards the harbor and the Old Port district, which is known for many 19th-century houses in partly cobbled streets.

The Old Port is defined by the streets down to Commercial Street, which runs along Portland’s active waterfront. Here you can explore and enjoy several restaurants, a selection of which can also be found on the quays south of Commercial Street. When you are in the area, you quickly find out that Portland is one of the USA’s active fishing ports, and there is also both ferry and cruise traffic in the port.

On a tour through Portland, there are other sights than the port and fishing that have developed the city. You can, for example, visit the Portland Museum of Art, which was established as the Portland Society of Art in 1882. The museum’s collection consists of works by Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and many more. You can also visit Victoria Mansion from 1860, which stands as a museum for its time with elegant furnishings.

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Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine

Overview of Portland

Portland is the largest city in the US state of Maine. The city’s history dates back to 1632, when the area was settled, and Casco was established as a trading post and fishing village. In 1658, the Massachusetts Bay Colony took over the area, and on that occasion the town’s name was changed to Falmouth.

Over the next hundred years, Falmouth was attacked and destroyed several times, but after the American War of Independence, a harbor was built in Falmouth Neck, and it created great growth and development. In 1786, the townspeople decided to change Falmouth Neck’s name to Portland, after an English island. Maine became a state in the United States in 1820, and Portland became the state capital. However, that status only lasted until 1851, when Augusta took over as Maine’s government town.

From the same decade, Portland developed into a major shipping port for exports from Canada due to its ice-free location, and this provided growth for several decades. From 3,700 inhabitants in the year 1800, the number had grown to 50,000 a hundred years later, and since then the number of citizens has increased, while both downtown and suburbs have been developed.

Today, Portland is a big city with several sights in the downtown area, where you are never far from the water that surrounds the city on several sides. You can, for example, start a stroll in the city at Monument Square, which is a square that housed Portland’s city hall until 1888. At that time the Town Hall was demolished and three years later the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was dedicated. It is also called Our Lady of Victories and is a memorial to the American Civil War.

About the Portland travel guide

Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
Published: Released soon
Author: Stig Albeck
Publisher: Vamados.com
Language: English

About the travel guide

The Portland travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the American city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

Portland is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

Read more about Portland and the United States

United States Travel Guide: https://vamados.com/usa
City tourism: https://visitport-land.com
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