I have always been interested in the history of how breeds originated. The Maine Coon is one of the oldest breeds, and was established with the introduction of over-seas long hairs who were mated to the native cats.
I have added below - links for perusal, for anyone interested in the origins of the Maine Coon :)
This includes history of the polydactyl feet in Maine Coons. Alot of people are
miss- informed about polydactyls, they have been part of the Maine Coon breed from the beginning. Enjoy:) http://www.unm.edu/~njmoore/MainCoonHistory/History.htmhttp://maine-cooncat.com/poly_mc.html