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The Darien Disaster: a Scots Colony in the New World, 1698-1700

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The first detailed account of the Darien Settlement, drawn from the journals, letters and memoirs of those who tried to turn Paterson’s dream into reality.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Pimlico (first published 1968)
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John Prebble's account of the Darien Disaster chronicles Scotland's attempt to acquire it's own South American colony and establish a trading company to rival England's East India Company. However it was to end badly with lives and reputations as well as a great deal of money squandered and the eventual union with England.
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John Edward Curtis Prebble, FRSL, OBE (23 June 1915 - 30 January 2001) was an English/Canadian journalist, novelist, documentarian and historian. He is best known for his studies of Scottish history.

He was born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England, but he grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada, where his father had a brother. His parents emigrated there after World War I. Returning to England with his family,...more
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