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Prince Edward Island

 

Prince Edward Island is the smallest but most thickly
populated province of Cananda. It's people usually call
their province "The Island" or simply P.E.I. The people
live in small scattered communities. but the average number
of people to the square mile or kilometre is greater than
any other province. Charlottetown is the capitol city of
P.E.I.. P.E.I is the only Canadian province that is
entirely separated from the North Americian mainland. The
island lies in the gulf of St.Lawrence which is a rich
fishing area off the Atlantic coast of Canada. Lobster is
the most valuable catch of the island's fishing industry.
The chief sources of employment and income for the people
of the island are the service industries. Agriculture is
the second most important source of income. The greatest
natural resource of the island is the fertile soil , the
farms cover a greater percentage of the land than in any
other province. Each year the province exports millions of
bags of potatoes which is the main crop, other important
farm products include, beef cattle, hay, hogs, milk, barley
and other grains, and vegetables. The island lacks valuable
minerals and cheap sources of power. In addition,
transportation to and from the mainland is very expensive,
therefore manufacturing on P.E.I. has developed slowly.
Manufacturing is now the third most important economic
activity. 
 
THE PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND FLAG
 
The provincial flag, adopted in 1964, bears an adaption of
the coat of arms. ON the coat of arms, adopted in 1905, the
british lion symbolizes the province's ties with Great
Britain. Three small oak trees represent the three
countries of P.E.I. The large oak tree stands for Canada
and Great Britain.
 
IMPORTANT DATES
 
P.E.I entered the dominion on july 1st 1873 and was the 7th
province to join the dominion.
 
-1534, Jaques Cartier, a french explorer landed on P.E.I
 
-1603, Samuel de Champlain claimed the island for france
and named it St.Jean.
 
-1720, France established colonies near present day
Charlottetown and Georgetown.
 
-1763, France gave the island to Great Britain in the
treaty of Paris after the French and Indian war.
 
-1799, The colony was renamed P.E.I
 
-1864, The first confederation conference was held in
charlottetown to discuss a federal union.
 
-1873, Prince Edward Island became the seventh province on
July 1st.
 
-1969, P.E.I. began an economic development program.
 



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