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Portland is located on a peninsula in Casco Bay on the Southern Maine coast approximately 100 miles (161 km) north of Boston, Massachusetts. It has more than 65,000 inhabitants making it the largest city in Maine. Portland is a small seaside city with a high concentration of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, tours and many things to see and do. Many people commute to Portland to work, and the city's population significantly increases in the summertime.

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  1. Portland is the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  2. Portland was first selected as the Maine state capital until 1832, when the capital was moved to Augusta.
  3. The skating scene in the movie "The Preacher's Wife" was filmed in Deering Oaks Park in Portland.
  4. Portland, Maine was named for the English Isle of Portland and the city of Portland, Oregon was in turn named for Portland, Maine
  5. Portland is the birthplace of the "Italian sandwich".

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