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

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The word Darien is a scar on the memory of the Scots, and the hurt is still felt even where the cause of the wound is dimly understood. Three hundred years ago the Parliament of Scotland, in one of its last acts before the nation lost its political identity, defied the King and the persistent hostility of the English to establish a noble trading company, to settle a colony ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 5th 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.
I found John Prebble's book difficult to get into and the early political manoeuvring less than gripping, however it was worth persevering with and the sections dealing with t
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John Edward Curtis Prebble, FRSL, OBE 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, he attended the Latymer School.
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