Why does this not surprise me in the least? …

Went to the DownEast.com trivia question and was not terribly surprised by the answer to the question:

“How did the city of Belfast get its name?”


“Many of the community’s founding fathers wanted to name their new settlement Londonderry, but a strong-willed settler, John Miller of Belfast, Ireland, made a protest and a coin was flipped. Belfast won.”

It doesn’t surprise me because Mainers – whether their families originated in Londonderry or Belfast or wherever – tend to be independent-minded. Stubborn even.

Maine’s history is full of cool little stories like this.

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