In Prince Edward Island, history speaks French, and this language is intimately linked to our culture and intangible heritage. This history is set out below in the form of key dates and multiple births serving as a roadmap of the ambitions and struggles of our forbears. The Island’s history is remarkable and inspiring for both Acadia and our entire country. It was planted in the red soil with the arrival of the first colonists, with the ensuing centuries giving rise to many exceptional figures: pioneers, visionaries, enthusiastic members of a new society. These women and men have created and shaped economic, political, social and cultural movements that continue to influence life today. Our history is rich, and we are its proud heirs!