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The coat of arms of Prince Edward Island was granted by a royal warrant from King Edward VII in 1905. The pictures seem a bit cryptic at first; what does this strange creature hovering over a few trees really mean? It's actually quite interesting once you delve a bit deeper into the significance behind these seemingly simple designs. For starters, the strange golden animal at the top of the shield is known as the lion passant of England. The three small trees beneath the golden lion passant are oak saplings, representing Prince Edward Island's three counties, beneath a mature oak tree that originally represented Great Britain. The original coat of arms did not include the lion, but only showed the trees as the symbol of the province.
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Prince Edward Island (also known as the "garden of the gulf" for its beautifully lush agricultural lands) consists of the main island as well as 231 smaller islands. The main island is the 104th largest island in the world, and ranks 23rd among Canada's islands. It is the smallest province in Canada, yet also the most densely populated. The province gets its name from Prince Edward, the duke of Kent and Strathearn and the fourth son of King George III. Prince Edward was also the father of Queen Victoria. Before the Europeans settled the area, Prince Edward Island was inhabited by the Mi'kmaq people. They referred to the land as Epekwitk, which appropriately means "resting on the waves". The native Mi'kmaq believed that the island was formed by the Great Spirit placing some dark red crescent-shaped clay on the water.