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DREAMS OF EMPIRE: SCOTLAND, CALEDONIA AND THE EMPORIUM OF THE INDIES

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L'Ecosse et ses doubles


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In the late 1690s, the European commercial and political worlds
were keenly interested in the news of the emergence of a Scottish empire
at the heart of Spanish America. The Company of Scotland trading to
Africa and the Indies, by planting a colony at Darien on the Isthmus of
Panama, attempted to connect the great oceans of the Atlantic and Pacific
and thereby situate Scotland at the heart of global trade. In the words of
the scheme's chief promoter, William Paterson, the Company of Scotland
seized the "key to the universe", and aimed at nothing less than enabling
Scots "to give Laws to both Oceans and to become Arbitrators of the
Commerciall world".1
Despite this grand scheme for global domination, the Darien
venture which created the colony of Caledonia is widely regarded as a
catastrophic failure. Although some scholars have begun to reassess it,
the "disaster" of Darien

     
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