Wednesday 1 December 2010

Map of Panama and Columbia

I wasn't expecting to say be able to say any more about this card than that it's a reproduction of a map from 1671, drawn by Guiljemus Blaeuw, called "Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan".  And that although it was sent to me from Chile, it had been bought in Colombia.

In trying to find out more about Guiljemus Blaeuw and Panama, I discovered that in the late 1690s Scotland had attempted to set up a colony in Panama.  I have never heard anything about this before, but I'm not well versed in Scottish history.  It was called the Darien Scheme after the densely forested area of Panama.  It was the disastrous failure of the proposed colony that led to the Act of Union between Scotland and England.
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  1. Hi Sheila, thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave a comment. I will be posting more Paris pics on my next post, but I hope it will not make you too homesick. Please forgive me if it does, this first time visit for me was quite the experience!!!! By the way, LOVE your blog!

  2. That is really interesting!! I didi not realise that the Scottish had attemtped to colonise anybody!

  3. missed your blog shiela!! i always learn so much on your post.. Thank you!

  4. I agree with Emm. With all of my colonial knowledge, I never knew this either. How odd!


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