Learn about Island place-names
In 1765 Capt. Samuel Holland applied over 300 names to his large-scale map of the Island of St. John (or Prince Edward Island - as it was to become known 33 years later).
As part of “The Spirit of Chautauqua” events, on Wednesday, July 29, 3 p.m., Doug Sobey will give a talk in the big tent at 131 Heather Moyse Dr., Summerside, titled Samuel Holland’s place-names on Prince Edward Island: what they reveal about Samuel Holland and 1760s Britain.
He will discuss the origin and purpose of Holland’s names, the persons that the names were intended to honour and what Holland’s choice of names reveals about the man himself. He will also look at what Holland’s nomenclature tells about the movers and shakers in 1760s Britain and will consider the extent to which the names have survived.
Sobey is co-author, with Earle Lockerby, of the recently published book, Samuel Holland, His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island, which has been published to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Holland’s survey.
Holland’s large map has recently arrived from London for display in an exhibition in the Confederation Centre Gallery.