The Canadian city of Charlottetown serves as the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island. Located in the southern part of the island, it is roughly V-shaped and has the Yorke and Hillsborough rivers running alongside it. The town’s harbour opens onto the Northumberland Strait.
Incorporated in 1885, the city already had a rich history behind it. In the colonial survey of 1764, it was selected as the site for the county seat of Queens County and the following year was designated as the colonial capital of St. John’s Island. The town was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who was a consort of King George III. The present day Charlottetown has been expanded by a municipal amalgamation, merging the city with Sherwood, Parkdale, Winsloe, West Royalty and East Royalty.