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History of Prince Edward Island, Canada

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(Ile Saint-Jean)

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 Prince Edward Island, Canada

"Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, making up just 0.1 per cent of Canada’s total land area. It is situated in the Gulf of St Lawrence and separated from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by the Northumberland Strait. PEI was known to its earliest settlers, the Mi’kmaq as Abegweit, meaning "cradle in the waves,” and was described by Jacques Cartier in 1534 as "the fairest land that may possibly be seen." PEI's deep red soil has always been its most striking feature and, together with the sea, the mainstay of the population since the early 18th century." www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca

"The province’s earliest documented name was “Abeqweit” which was given to the area by the Mi’kmaq and meant “cradled in the waves”. It later became Ile Saint-Jean which was used by the original French settlers, the Acadians. After the Treaty of Paris ceded the island to the British in 1763, it was renamed St. John’s Island. In 1799 the English declared that the island would be called Prince Edward Island in honour of the Duke of Kent and Strathearn, Prince Edward." www.nrcan.gc.ca



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  • 1749--French population of St. John Island (Prince Edward) : 1,000.

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  • 1755 - Acadians settled French colony, Ile Saint-Jean, after British-ordered explusion of Nova Scotia
    (www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm)

    1755—Before the proscription of September.
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  • 1758 - British seized control of Ile Saint-Jean, French setlers deported

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm

  • 1763 - French ceded Cape Breton Island, New Brunswick, St. John's Island (now Prince Edward Island) to British in the Treaty of Paris; joined to Nova Scotia

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ nsztimeln.htm

  • 1769 - Ile Saint-Jean established as separate colony, Charlottetown became capital
    Prince Edward Island, Ile St-Jean/ St John's Island separated from Nova Scotia.
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm

  • 1798 - Great Britain renamed colony to Prince Edward Island

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm

  • 1803 - Scottish immigrants settled on Prince Edward Island

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm

  • 1806--Population of Prince Edward Island, so named in 1798-1800 : 9,676.

    www.statcan.gc.ca

  • (1813 - 1815) Numerous settlements attacked by plagues of mice (PEI)

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  • 1833--Population of Prince Edward Island, estimated at 32,292.

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  • 1871--Population of Prince Edward Island : 94,021.

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  • 1873 - July 1 – Prince Edward Island joins the Canadian Confederation.

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    July 1, 1873

  • 1873
    PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, formerly called ST. JOHNS ISLAND, a Province of the Dominion of Canada, situated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, between 46° and...Read MORE...


  • 1880s - Shipbuilding indsutry collapsed, thousands of islanders migrated to find work

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm

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    Murray River, P.E.I.
    A Shore View near Montague, P.E.I.
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    Rustico Beach, Prince Edward Island
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    A pretty view, Victoria Park, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
  • 1908 - Automobiles banned from Island roads (PEI)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm

  • 1917 - All roads opened to auto traffic (PEI)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm

  • 1924 - Driving on the right side of the road went into effect (PEI)

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    Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island
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    Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island, looking toward Confederation Bridge


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  • 1749--French population of St. John Island (Prince Edward) : 1,000.

    www.statcan.gc.ca
  • 1755 - Acadians settled French colony, Ile Saint-Jean, after British-ordered explusion of Nova Scotia
    (www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm)

    1755—Before the proscription of September.
    French population of St.... Read MORE...

  • 1758 - British seized control of Ile Saint-Jean, French setlers deported

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm
  • 1763 - French ceded Cape Breton Island, New Brunswick, St. John's Island (now Prince Edward Island) to British in the Treaty of Paris; joined to Nova Scotia

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ nsztimeln.htm
  • 1769 - Ile Saint-Jean established as separate colony, Charlottetown became capital
    Prince Edward Island, Ile St-Jean/ St John's Island separated from Nova Scotia.
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm
  • 1798 - Great Britain renamed colony to Prince Edward Island

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm
  • 1803 - Scottish immigrants settled on Prince Edward Island

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm
  • 1806--Population of Prince Edward Island, so named in 1798-1800 : 9,676.

    www.statcan.gc.ca
  • (1813 - 1815) Numerous settlements attacked by plagues of mice (PEI)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm
  • 1833--Population of Prince Edward Island, estimated at 32,292.

    www.statcan.gc.ca
  • 1871--Population of Prince Edward Island : 94,021.

    www.statcan.gc.ca
  • 1873
    PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, formerly called ST. JOHNS ISLAND, a Province of the Dominion of Canada, situated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, between 46° and... Read MORE...

  • 1873 - July 1 – Prince Edward Island joins the Canadian Confederation.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 1, 1873
  • 1880s - Shipbuilding indsutry collapsed, thousands of islanders migrated to find work

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm
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  • 1908 - Automobiles banned from Island roads (PEI)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm
  • 1917 - All roads opened to auto traffic (PEI)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm
  • 1924 - Driving on the right side of the road went into effect (PEI)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ peiztimeln.htm

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