• The Maps Between Lake and Meacham – Confederation, Geology, and the Railway, 1864-1880

    Colonists fight British Feudalism. For a hundred years the settlers on the British Colony of Saint John’s Island/Prince Edward Island lived on the land in a manner that was unknown anywhere else in North America. When Samuel Holland produced his great map in 1765, the townships he created with a regularity that homogenised the topography of the landscape, belonged entirely to another country and another time. It was almost impossible for a settler to own his own property because the colony was set up in such a way that a perpetual landlord/tenant relationship was established for all time. This led to terrible and grotesque hardships for those who, at their…

  • SPOTIFY: THE CANADIAN STORY – Reg Porter – A Man and his Garden

       https://open.spotify.com/episode/5MIuPSSWteQqPXqRS014jP A few weeks ago Zach Gerber and David Parker interviewed me for a Spotify podcast in The Canadian Story series to talk about my love of Canada and Prince Edward Island. I am most grateful to Rob Faucher for recommending me to the hosts. I was terrified at the prospect, even more so as a large team of gardeners and lawn cutters arrived just as the zoom was being set up, and I rushed from laptop and microphone to the guys outside. I was also blessed with a severe sinus infection that clogged up my throat and made my usual bell-like tone sound scratchy. But we got through…

  • The Lake Map of 1863

    What does the Lake Map look like? My first intimate encounter with the Lake map occurred in August 1994 when I was asked to prepare an evaluation and proposal concerning the restoration of this map in a local collection. I had the opportunity to spend some time  examining and studying it, and gaining a first hand experience of what the map was originally supposed to look like. The Lake Map is a huge lithograph meant to be hung on a wall, and is printed on heavy paper and mounted on two wooden rollers, the top one a plain moulding about 77 inches wide, with metal fasteners for attachment to a…