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“Darien: A Journey In Search of Empire”


with John McKendrick

“Darien: A Journey In Search of Empire” with John McKendrick

Thursday, November 29, 5:30 p.m.
The Cloister Clubroom

The Company of Scotland and its attempts to establish the colony of Caledonia on the inhospitable isthmus of Panama in the late seventeenth century is one of the most tragic moments of Scottish history. It could have been a triumph, but inadequate preparation and organization ensured it was a catastrophe.  Of the 3000 settlers who set sail in 1688 and 1698, only a handful returned, the rest having succumbed to disease, and the enormous financial loss was a key factor in ensuring union with England in 1707. John McKendrick explores this fascinating and seminal moment in Scottish history and uncovers fascinating new information from New World archives about the role of the English and Spanish and the identities of the settlers themselves.

John McKendrick QC, noted barrister, fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and former Attorney General of Anguilla, will speak on the topic of his Darien book and explain why and how he retraced the steps of the Darien survivors in Georgia and South Carolina. John has spoken on his book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Beyond Borders Festival and the Anguilla LitFest.

Event is complimentary and open to Resort Guests and Sea Island Club members. Books will be available for purchase. Reservations required, .

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