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Caledonia's Last Stand: In Search of the Lost Scots of Darien [Paperback]

Nat Edwards
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1 May 2007
On 2 November, 1698, a fleet landed in the Isthmus of Darien to create a colony and launch a new Scottish trading empire. The venture failed dramatically, with a catastrophic loss of life and money, and led to the eventual end of Scottish independence and the beginning of the UK.Nat Edwards' erratic odyssey to find the graves of the Scots settlers is a reflection of the story of the Scots Company itself, interweaving pirates, street riots, treasure hunters, indigenous peoples and killer bees with the astonishing historical facts of Darien. Panama is the real-life setting for an almost unbelievable 17th century expedition of Scottish hope and adventure, and Nat Edwards' discoveries are often frustrating, occasionally freakish, but always fascinating.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd; First edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190522284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905222841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nat Edwards has worked in museums, galleries and archives for 20 years. Originally studying English and theatre, but seduced by the lure of museum basements, his delight is in creating exhibitions and events that open up history to new audiences. He works for the National Library of Scotland and is a director of the Scottish Museums Council. Nat also holds the rank of 3rd Dan at Kendo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Treasureislandspotting 18 Jun 2007
Caledonia's Last Stand reads a bit like Treasure Island rewritten by Irvine Welsh - except of course that it's all true. Nat Edwards describes his journey to Panama where, with a mixed group of adventurers, he set off for Darien in search of the remains of an ill-fated Scottish colony. Villains and pitfalls abound, from pirates (although these are mainly 17th century) to killer bees to the person or persons who nicked the team's lovingly prepared supplies. Edwards blends the history of the Darien Scheme and its impact on the Act of Union in 1707 with his own observations on Scottish identity and modern Panama. His humour and passion for the subject make this a page turner - and will leave you wanting to grab your machete (no traveller should be without one, Edwards suggests) and head off to Panama.
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