FORMAT: Hardback
ISBN: 9781905222636
RRP: £25.00
PAGES: 320
PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 2007


The Price of Scotland: Darien, Union and the Wealth of Nations

By (author) Douglas Watt

Why did the Scots invest so much of their liquid wealth in a joint-stock company in 1696? Why did the Company of Scotland fail to establish a colony at Darien on the isthmus of Central America? How was its demise related to the Union of 1707? Why did the Scottish parliament vote itself out of existence? The attempt by the Company of Scotland to establish a colony at Darien in Central America is one of the best known episodes in late seventeenth century Scottish history. Although this book considers events on the isthmus in detail, it is primarily concerned with the Scottish context; the directors who ran the Company, the shareholders who provided the cash to fund the venture, the mania for joint-stock investment that delivered such a very large amount of capital, and the financial and political repercussions of the disaster. The shareholders were finally compensated by the English government as part of the Treaty of Union which dissolved the Company and ended the existence of the Scottish parliament. On 1st May 1707, a new political entity was born, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, which was to transform world history.”The Price of Scotland” provides a fresh examination of Scotland’s strange journey from Darien to the Wealth of Nations.

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