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'''History'''  
  
This information can help you determine significant cultural, ecclesiastical, and political events in the [[Canada History|history]] of [[Portal:Prince Edward Island|Prince Edward Island]]. Changes in geographical boundaries and ownership of land are especially important in determining where to search for the records of your ancestors.
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This information can help you determine significant cultural, ecclesiastical, and political events in the [[Canada History|history]] of [[Portal:Prince Edward Island|Prince Edward Island]]. Changes in geographical boundaries and ownership of land are especially important in determining where to search for the records of your ancestors.  
  
1534 Jacques Cartier discovered the island, which the Micmac Indians called Abegweit.
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'''1534: '''Jacques Cartier discovered the island, which the Micmac Indians called Abegweit.  
  
1603 Samuel de Champlain claimed the island for France and called it Ile-St-Jean.
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'''1603:''' Samuel de Champlain claimed the island for France and called it Ile-St-Jean.  
  
1719 Three hundred settlers from France, sponsored by the commercial company of the Count de St-Pierre, established the first colony on the island, Port la Joie, at the entrance to the harbor of Charlottetown.
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'''1719:''' Three hundred settlers from France, sponsored by the commercial company of the Count de St-Pierre, established the first colony on the island, Port la Joie, at the entrance to the harbor of Charlottetown.  
  
1745 The French colony was captured by the British.
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'''1745:''' The French colony was captured by the British.  
  
1748 France regained the lost colony.
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'''1748:''' France regained the lost colony.  
  
1758 The British occupied the island, dispersed many of the French settlers, and renamed it St. John Island.
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'''1758:''' The British occupied the island, dispersed many of the French settlers, and renamed it St. John Island.  
  
1763 France ceded the area to Great Britain. It was placed under the jurisdiction of Nova Scotia. Later, the British divided the island into three counties, each with a townsite and 67 lots (townships).
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'''1763:''' France ceded the area to Great Britain. It was placed under the jurisdiction of Nova Scotia. Later, the British divided the island into three counties, each with a townsite and 67 lots (townships).  
  
1765 Charlottetown was named the capital of the colony.
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'''1765:''' Charlottetown was named the capital of the colony.  
  
1767 The lots were awarded to grantees or proprietors who were expected to promote settlement but who were mainly absentee landlords.
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'''1767: '''The lots were awarded to grantees or proprietors who were expected to promote settlement but who were mainly absentee landlords.  
  
1769 The island separated from Nova Scotia and the first governor was appointed.
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'''1769:''' The island separated from Nova Scotia and the first governor was appointed.  
  
1799 The name was changed to Prince Edward Island.
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'''1799:''' The name was changed to Prince Edward Island.  
  
1851 The island had its first representative government.
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'''1851:''' The island had its first representative government.  
  
1864 A meeting was held in Charlottetown to discuss regional union. 1867 The Land Purchase Act ended the tenure system of 1767. 1873 The Province of Prince Edward Island was formed and became part of the Dominion of Canada.  
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'''1864:''' A meeting was held in Charlottetown to discuss regional union. 1867 The Land Purchase Act ended the tenure system of 1767.  
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'''1873:''' The Province of Prince Edward Island was formed and became part of the Dominion of Canada.  
  
 
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Revision as of 20:02, 29 October 2008

History

This information can help you determine significant cultural, ecclesiastical, and political events in the history of Prince Edward Island. Changes in geographical boundaries and ownership of land are especially important in determining where to search for the records of your ancestors.

1534: Jacques Cartier discovered the island, which the Micmac Indians called Abegweit.

1603: Samuel de Champlain claimed the island for France and called it Ile-St-Jean.

1719: Three hundred settlers from France, sponsored by the commercial company of the Count de St-Pierre, established the first colony on the island, Port la Joie, at the entrance to the harbor of Charlottetown.

1745: The French colony was captured by the British.

1748: France regained the lost colony.

1758: The British occupied the island, dispersed many of the French settlers, and renamed it St. John Island.

1763: France ceded the area to Great Britain. It was placed under the jurisdiction of Nova Scotia. Later, the British divided the island into three counties, each with a townsite and 67 lots (townships).

1765: Charlottetown was named the capital of the colony.

1767: The lots were awarded to grantees or proprietors who were expected to promote settlement but who were mainly absentee landlords.

1769: The island separated from Nova Scotia and the first governor was appointed.

1799: The name was changed to Prince Edward Island.

1851: The island had its first representative government.

1864: A meeting was held in Charlottetown to discuss regional union. 1867 The Land Purchase Act ended the tenure system of 1767.

1873: The Province of Prince Edward Island was formed and became part of the Dominion of Canada.