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Mount Desert Island is in Hancock County.

The community was named for its treeless peaks, visible from ships at sea.

The latitude of Mount Desert Island is 44.348N. The longitude is -68.344W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone.
Mount Desert Island is in the Gulf of Maine.
Also known as MDI
Site of early conflicts between the French and English. In 1613, English explorer Samuel Argall burned a Jesuit mission and took prisoners. Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, founder of Detroit, held title for a time.

The island became a popular resort with the arrival of steamboats in the mid-19th century. A group of Bostonians, wanting to preserve the beauty of the island, began buying up property. They donated 6,000 acres to the federal government in 1913.

Mount Desert Island received national attention for a 1947 fire that destroyed nearly half of the eastern side of the island.
Nearby parks & recreation: Acadia National Park
Historic sites and museums: Mount Desert Island Historical Society Museum

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