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June 20, 2003

Scottish empire in the Panama jungle

BBC Scotland sent a film crew to investigate the remains of a peculiar venture to build a 17th century Scottish empire:

"On one level it was complete folly to put so much of Scotland's hopes for the future in one basket, but in another way you can see what they were trying to achieve.

"If Darien had succeeded, Scotland may have remained independent with the possibility that the United Kingdom would never have been created."

The Darien venture may have failed. Another Scottish empire is still a going concern.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 20, 2003 10:48 AM