Prince Edward Island was first inhabited by the Mi'kmaq people, who have lived in the region for several thousand years. They named the island Epekwitk (the pronunciation of which was changed to Abegweit by the Europeans), meaning "cradle on the waves."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Prince_Edward_Island
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Prince Edward Island (PEI) is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada.It is the smallest province in terms of land area, but the most densely populated. The island has several nicknames: "Garden of the Gulf", "Birthplace of Confederation" and "Cradle of Confederation".
Prince Edward Island was first inhabited by the Mi'kmaq people, who have lived in the region for several thousand years. They named the island Epekwitk (the pronunciation of which was changed to Abegweit by the Europeans), meaning "cradle on the waves."
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The Prince Edward Islands are two small islands in the Subantarctic Indian Ocean that are part of South Africa. The islands are named Marion Island and Prince Edward Island. The islands in the group have been declared Special Nature Reserves under the South African Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, No. 57 of 2003, and activities on the islands are therefore restricted to research and conservation management. Further protection was granted when the area was declared a marine protecte
The islands were discovered on 4 March 1663 by Barent Barentszoon Lam of the Dutch East India Company ship Maerseveen and were named Dina and Maerseveen, but the islands were erroneously recorded to be at 41° South, and neither were found again by subsequent Dutch sailors. In January 1772, the French frigate Le Mascarin, captained by Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, visited the islands and spent five days trying to land, thinking they had found Antarctica. Marion named the islands Terre de l ...
In 1908 the British government assumed ownership of the islands. In late 1947 and early 1948, South Africa, with Britain's agreement, annexed the islands and installed the meteorological station on Transvaal Cove on the north-east coast of Marion Island. The research station was soon enlarged and today studies regional meteorology and the biology of the islands, in particular the birds and seals. A new research base was built from 2001 to 2011 to replace older buildings on the site. The access t
The island group is about 955 nmi south-east of Port Elizabeth in mainland South Africa. At 46 degrees latitude, the distance to the equator is only slightly longer than to the South Pole. Marion Island, the larger of the two, is 25.03 km long and 16.65 km wide with an area of 290 km2 and a coastline of some 72 km, most of which is high cliffs. The highest point on Marion Island is Mascarin Peak, reaching 1,242 m above sea level. The topography of Marion Island includes many hillocks and small l
The islands are part of the Southern Indian Ocean Islands tundra ecoregion that includes a small number of subantarctic islands. Because of the paucity of land masses in the Southern Ocean, the islands host a wide variety of species and are critical to conservation. In the cold subantarctic climate, plants are mainly limited to grasses, mosses, and kelp, while lichens are the most visible fungi. The main indigenous animals are insects along with large populations of seabirds, seals and penguins.
Marion Island and Prince Edward Island were claimed for South Africa on 29 December 1947 and 4 January 1948 respectively, by a South African Navy force from HMSAS Transvaal under the command of John Fairbairn. On 1 October 1948 the annexation was made official when Governor-General Gideon Brand van Zyl signed the Prince Edward Islands Act, 1948. In terms of the Act, the islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Cape Town Magistrate's Court, and South African law as applied in the Western Cape a
Why is Prince Edward Island named Prince Edward Island? It is named in honour of the fourth son of King George III, Prince Edward, Prince Edward was the father of Queen Victoria. Why is it called...
Thursday marks what would have been the 250th birthday of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn — the British royal with whom P.E.I. shares a name. Edward, born Nov. 2, 1767, never actually...
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Nov 27, 2007 · The island's namesake is Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent (1767-1820), the father of Queen Victoria.
Jun 19, 2017 · The smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island is famous for red sand beaches, red soil, potatoes, and the irrepressible Anne of Green Gables. It also is known as the "Birthplace of Confederation."
On this day June 29 th, in 1534, Jacques Cartier discovers Prince Edward Island. The Island, contrary to its original exploration, is named after King George III, of England, fourth’s son Prince Edward. The Island is the 104 th largest in the world, and 23 rd largest of Canada. Prince Edward Island has a bucolic, pastoral landscape.