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"Pine trees appear across the United States from Maine to Florida and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. From the earliest days of white settlement, the pine caught the American imagination and its sense of practicality. The settlers’ definition of pine included more than pines: it was a general name for hemlock, fir, spruce, and cypress. Though the settlers came from a land bearing fewer than one hundred varieties of forest trees to one with almost one thousand, they, nevertheless, found uses for every type of pine."

What is the main idea of this paragraph? Click your answer from the choices shown below.

A. Early American settlers had an active imagination.

B. The settlers found it difficult to identify types of pine trees.

C. Pine trees grew abundantly and were very useful to early American settlers.


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