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September 02, 2003

Darien venture

BBC Scotland has a powerful backer in its quest to document Scotland's failed empire in Panama.

SIR Sean Connery will bring to life his film role as the archaeologist father of Indiana Jones when he joins an expedition to Central America later this year. The former James Bond, who played Professor Henry Jones Sr in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, is backing an excavation in Panama on the site of a doomed seventeenth- century attempt to set up a Scots colony. The expedition is heading for the long-lost graveyard site of the famous Darien venture, which ended in the loss of 2000 lives and left Scotland nearly bankrupt.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 2, 2003 09:42 AM


If it were not for the lure of Panama, the union of the Crowns would never have occured. Sad, sad things bubble economies. The expenditure to support the venture was an insane percentage of the Scottish GNP.

Posted by: Alan Campbell McLeod at September 2, 2003 09:58 AM