/shahr"leuht town'/, n.
a seaport on and the capital of Prince Edward Island, in SE Canada. 17,063.

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City (pop., 2001: 32,245), capital of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Lying on Hillsborough Bay, it originated in the 1720s as the French settlement Port La Joie. Renamed in honour of the wife of George III after the island passed to Britain in 1763, it became the capital in 1765. Its economy centres on tourism and government business, and, with its excellent harbour, it is the province's commercial centre. It is the site of Province House, where in 1864 Canada's unification was first discussed, and the Confederation Center of the Arts, a national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.

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 city, seat of Queens county and capital (1765) of Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is located on Hillsborough Bay, an arm of Northumberland Strait, at the mouths of the Elliot (west), North, and Hillsborough rivers. Originating in the 1720s as a French settlement called Port la Joie (the site of which is now within Fort Amherst National Historic Park), it was renamed in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, after the island passed to Britain in 1763. Charlottetown, with its excellent deepwater harbour and airport, is the commercial centre of the province. Economic activities centre mainly around tourism, government business, fisheries, and agriculture (chiefly dairying, meat packing, and potato growing).

      Historic buildings include Government House (1834; the official residence of the province's lieutenant governor) and Province House, home of the island's legislative body and the site of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, at which the first plans for Canada's unification were discussed. There are several noteworthy churches, including St. Paul's Anglican (1747; the island's first Protestant church), St. Peter's (Anglican) Cathedral (1879), and St. Duncan's Basilica (seat of a Roman Catholic diocese). Charlottetown is the seat of Holland College and of the University of Prince Edward Island, formed in 1969 through the amalgamation of Prince of Wales College and St. Dunstan's University. Charlottetown is the site of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, which was opened in 1964 as Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of the Confederation. The Centre houses an art gallery, theatre, and library-museum and is the focus of the city's Summer Festival.

      In 1995 Charlottetown amalgamated with several adjoining communities, doubling the size of its population. Inc. town, 1855; city, 1875. Pop. (2006) city, 32,174; urban agglom., 58,625.

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