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06/27/2014 04:00 EDT | Updated 08/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Key facts on the Charlottetown Conference held in 1864

CHARLOTTETOWN - Five key things you should know about the Charlottetown Conference:

— The conference was supposed to focus on the idea of uniting the three Maritime provinces, but an unofficial delegation from the province of Canada derailed the agenda.

— Delegates to the conference agreed to the broad outline of a federal union that would eventually include Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in 1867.

— The conference did not include any delegates from Newfoundland, but a more formal conference weeks later in Quebec City did.

— There were no women among the delegates, no Acadians and no members of First Nations.

— The meetings were held in secret inside the Legislative Council chamber in Charlottetown, which served as the upper house for the provincial legislature.

(Source: Canadian Encyclopedia)