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Caledonia's Last Stand: In Search of the…

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

by Nat Edwards

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The Darien Disaster serves as a back story for this adventure to Panama and Darien to see if there was any trace of the Scots settlement and personal items that managed to survive the tropical environment. They did manage to find a few items, however if a serious excavation of the site is to be considered it sounds like you'd need to have someone clear it every six months or so to keep the jungle from reclaiming it. Even today the site is extremely difficult to get to due to coral reef, and once there there is the heat, venomous snakes, mosquitoes, and other lovely insects to make a dinner out of anyone trespassing in their territory. The graves of the Darien
Scots may never be found, covered as they are in hundreds of years of jungle growth ( )
  lisa.schureman | Mar 21, 2015 |
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The history alone could not explain the colonys disastrous outcome; you really had to stand on the shore of Punta Escoces to realize that the Scots were bound to disaster the moment they chose the site to bear the name Caledonia. The bay was a beautiful, deadly trap. On 2 November 1698 a fleet landed on the Isthmus of Darien to create a colony and launch a new Scottish trading empire. Eighteen months later, the colony had seen the loss of ten ships, almost 400,000 and the lives of 2,000 souls. Nat Edwards invites himself to Panama, the real-life setting for an almost unbelievable 17th century expedition of Scottish hope and adventure. His erratic odyssey to find the lost graves of the Scots settlers neatly blends pirates, street riots, treasure hunters, indigenous peoples and killer bees, with the astonishing facts he sets out with. Nats discoveries are often frustrating, occasionally freakish, but always fascinating.

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