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Samuel Holland on PEI


Samuel Holland on PEI


Samuel Holland on PEI


Title: Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island
Authors: Earle Lockerby & Doug Sobey
Publisher: Island Studies Press, Charlottetown, P.E.I.: 2015
Description: 273 pp. Oblong 4to. Illustrated. Softcover.

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Samuel Johannes Holland (1728-1801) was a Royal Engineer and the first Surveyor General of British North America - what is now Canada. Shortly after he was appointed Surveyor General in March 1764, Holland received instructions to survey all British possessions north of the Potomac River, including Isle Saint-Jean (present day Prince Edward Island), the Magdalen Islands, and Cape Breton Island, mainly because of their importance to the fisheries. Holland arrived on St. John's Island in October 1764. The task of mapping the island lasted two years. Holland's survey divided the island into 67 lots. Holland was given Lot 28, on the Northumberland Strait.