History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 27, 2006

Scotlands History

In 1695 Scotland’s economy was shattered by an unsuccessful attempt to colonize the Darien Peninsula, between North and South America. The failure of this Darien Scheme was partly due to fever and inhospitable Spaniards, and partly because England lost its nerve and withdrew promises of financial backing. Scotland, literally bankrupt, was forced to accept the Treaty of Union, in 1707, uniting the parliaments of England and Scotland. This carefully worded document brought advantage to both countries: in particular, it gave Scotland a badly needed boost to her economy and the right to Presbyterianism, and removed the threat of further war between the two countries. for more click here

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