- The word diagram, meaning “marked out by lines” in Greek, is associated with a schematic representation of an idea.
- This could include a chart, graph, map, etc.
- A diagram takes a complex idea or vision and breaks it down into a simple or easier to understand drawing.
- Diagrams allow one to experiment with an idea.
The Rural Grid
- Dutch Captain and Cartographer Samuel Holland arrived on the Island in 1764 and was assigned the task of dividing the land.
- He divided Prince Edward Island into 67 lots of near equal size, so be auctioned off to land proprietors
- Most lots are touching water, those that are not were not worth as much when auctioned off.
- Samuel Holland was years ahead of other cartographers given the tools and technology he had to use while dividing.
- Holland chose 3 “city centres”, near Malpeque, Charlottetown, and Georgetown.
- The rural lots were only owned by high class absentee landlords from England, while Islanders would work for them to pay rent.
The Street Grid
- In 1768, under Samuel Holland’s suggestion, Charles Morris of Nova Scotia began planning the city of Charlottetown.
- Three years prior, Samuel Holland had suggested that Charlottetown be a prime spot to hold the province’s capital.
- It would consist of 500 lots, and 4 green parks.
- There was a 565-acre buffer zone places before the water for future expansion of the city.
- In 1994, the six communities (Hillsborough Park, East & West Royalties, Sherwood, Parkdale, and Winsloe) were amalgamated together.
- Well over 200 years later, all 500 original plots of land and all 4 green parks are still existent in the city of Charlottetown today.