Test Your Knowledge: Defining Dirigo

Dirigo Pines is named after Maine’s state motto: Dirigo. It’s on the flag, the Maine coat of arms, the state seal. But what does it mean? Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and test your Dirigo knowledge…

  1. The word “Dirigo” is latin for:
    1. Pine Tree State
    2. I Lead
    3. Oceanside
  2. What analogy of “Dirigo” is represented on the state seal?
    1. North Star
    2. Moose
    3. Pine Tree
  3. What two professions are represented on the state seal?
    1. Blueberry Picker and Lobsterman
    2. Farmer and Sailor
    3. Football Player and Businessman
  4. Maine was a part of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, until what year? 
    1. 1790
    2. 1805
    3. 1820
  5. One other way Maine leads the nation is being the first to see what?
    1. The sunrise
    2. Election results
    3. Blackflies in the summer

Bonus Question: Besides Dirigo, name 5 other Maine nicknames or slogans. 1 point per answer!



  1. B. Dirigo is Latin for “I Direct” or “I Lead.”
  2. A. The North Star is considered the mariner’s guide, just as Maine was the leader or guide for the nation. Maine was once been the only state to hold its elections in September and that how we got the phrase “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”
  3. B. Farmer and Sailor. A farmer rests on his scythe and a sailor leans on an anchor.
  4. C. 1820. On March 15, 1820, under the Missouri Compromise, Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state.
  5. A. The summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park and Lubec, Maine are 2 of the first spots to see the sunrise each morning. Though, the blackfly answer could be debated too 🙂

Possible Bonus Answers: The Pine Tree State, Vacationland, Worth a Visit – Worth a Lifetime, The Way Life Should Be, Where America’s Day Begins. How many more can you come up with?

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