Friday, 1 July 2011

Darien documents on display at NLS

Documents from the doomed Darien colony venture in South American, the failure of which directly saw a bankrupt Scotland forced to accept union with England in 1707, are now on display at the National Library of Scotland ( in a new exhibition. From the NLS newsletter:

'The key of the universe': Scotland and Darien, 1695 - 1707 Treasures Display

1 July - 31 August 2011, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

Following the successful inscription of the archives of The Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies on UNESCO's new UK Memory of the World Register last year, this joint display with The Royal Bank of Scotland tells the story of the company's fateful colonial expedition to Darien (on the isthmus of Panama) in the 1690s. Treasures on show include the company's private record books, maps and letters from colonists who travelled to the New World.

The BBC has also picked up on the story with a news item at


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