Mexico, Maine, U.S.A., and a message sent to the politicians?


[From the Portland, Maine Daily Photo]

 

In looking up information on the internet about the country of Mexico, up appeared the town of Mexico, Maine,  established on February 18, 1818 — according to Wikipedia (and others), the name was selected by the area town folk because at the time they were very much in favor of the country of Mexico’s campaign for independence from Spain and wanted to show their support for liberty…

As sometimes (or often times?)  happens when researching, the attention was diverted momentarily from the original objective to reading about the state of Maine because it became a point of special interest…

From previous national news accounts and from periodically reading grassroot accounts about Maine via a favorite most erudite blogger, Mainenowandthen, I was somewhat aware of the current political and social climate in that part of the country…  But apparently the results that came about in the midterm elections were nonetheless still quite remarkable in Maine…  Remarkable just as they were in many other parts of the country…

Conditions change through the years and through the centuries, and seemingly, just as the people in Maine in 1818 were interested in supporting  the hopes and aspirations of  the people in another country, in November 2010 significant numbers of them showed they were going to  express their political viewpoint in support  of their own particular wishes and hopes for a new direction in their state’s future…

Just sayin’…

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6 Responses

  1. I have never heard that particular allusion to the choosing of the town’s name before. Since in 1818 there were very few people in that particular portion of the state and they were fairly isolated and much involved in trying to stay alive, I am somewhat skeptical about their support for and knowledge of Mexican independence. Will have to research that.

    There are some other interesting names for Maine towns … China, Peru and Norway, for instance. We have had a considerable population of sea captains over the centuries, and that may have had some influence on these exotic choices.

    Thanks for adding to my state’s profile, PanAm.

    • Would be interesting to find further info on the supposed origin of the name… The sea captains might be source of such name…

  2. Nicely written PanAm. It truly is amazing how our aspirations seem to remain so constant throughout the years.

  3. Interesting post PanAm. Also, don’t forget Mexico, MO. Local legend says that it was named that because of a sign there that pointed the way to what today is Texas.

    • And awhile back ran across a town in deep Mexico named “Texas” … Quite a few interestingly named sites throughout and periodically they pique our interest… I’ll be reading about Mexico, Mo later on…

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