Rare work expounding the virtues of the newly formed Scots East-India Company

By C. K., Unfeigned and hearty lover of England, 1696 

Some Seasonable and Modest Thoughts, Partly occasioned by, and partly concerning the Scots East-India Company. Humbly offered to R.H. Esq; a Member of the present Parliament. By an unseigned and hearty Lover of England.

Social & Political
  • Author: C. K., Unfeigned and hearty lover of England
  • Publisher: Printed in the Year
  • Publication date: 1696.
  • Physical description: Quarto (200 by 160mm), 36pp., quarter calf over red marbled paper boards to style, spine in five compartments separated by raised bands, gilt, red morocco label gilt.
  • Inventory reference: 1234

Notes

Rare work expounding the virtues of the newly formed Scots East-India Company.

The Darien scheme was an unsuccessful attempt by Scotland to become a world trading nation by establishing a colony called New Caledonia” on the Isthmus of Panama in the late 1690s. In practice the undertaking was marked by poor planning and leadership, lack of demand for trade goods, devastating epidemics of disease, and increasing shortage of food; it was finally abandoned after a siege by Spanish forces in April of 1700. As the Darien company was backed by about a quarter of the money circulating in Scotland, its failure left the nobles and landowners — who had suffered a run of bad harvests — almost completely ruined and was an important factor in weakening their resistance to the Act of Union of 1707. 

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