Welcome

The St. Andrews Society of Panama and its members welcome all Scots and Scots descendents as well as those who enjoy or have an interest in Scotland and Scottish culture. Scottish country dancing is popular and is practiced regularly.

 

Events

 St. Andrew’s Panama Revival

 

The Panama St. Andrews Society would like to invite all Scots, Scottish descendants, as well as people interested in Scottish culture & Scottish country dancing to join us at Rincon Aleman Restaurant at 7pm on the second  Tuesday of every month.


The Rincon Aleman Restaurant is located on Calle 51 (same street as Las Tinajas Restaurant). For directions contact us at:
info@standrewspanama.com

Links

http://st-andrew.org.uk/
This is the only official website of The St Andrew Society incorporating The World Federation of Scottish Societies and Individuals.

http://www.scotlandstartanday.com/
Our vision is to see Scotland at the heart of a global Tartan Day celebration bringing to the world’s attention our creativity, our innovation, our heritage and our business success.

http://visitscotland.com/
Planning for travel to Scotland.

http://www.scotsman.com/
The daily newspaper

 

How Scottish Independece died in Panama

History & Reference By Mike Power for The First
Post.co.uk -

It was a ruinous central American adventure that
forced the Scots to sign the Act of Union, writes mike power. With the Scottish National Party holding a seven per cent lead over Labour ahead of the May 3 parliamentary elections, many Scots see the polls as a chance to re-assert the country's independence. The elections will take place two days after the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union that politically united Scotland and England. But few people know that Scotland was forced by economic necessity to sign that
Act following a ruinous attempt to establish a trading colony at Darien in the inhospitable jungles of Panama.

The decision to set up a Scottish colony in the
tropics was driven by domestic economic crisis. At the end of the 17th Century, Scotland was weary after years of war and famine, its trade damaged by England's wars with Europe.

William Paterson - founder of the Bank of England - foresaw that global trade from commodity-rich
countries across the isthmus of Panama - the slender land bridge that separates the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans - would grant global economic dominance.

Facing English resistance, Paterson raised £400,000 - everyone from farmers, merchants and chambermaids invested in the scheme - and half of Scotland's liquidity flowed to the tropics. Five ships set sail in July 1698 with more than 1,000 passengers on board.

But Paterson (right) had never visited Panama, and
knew nothing of the region's extreme climate, rampant tropical disease and cruel geography. So the unready adventurers set off with pathos-heavy trinkets, mirrors and combs to trade with the indigenous local Kuna tribe. The Kuna weren't interested.

Short of food (poignant letters home detail pleas for a "stone of cheese" and a "case of brandy"), suffering from tropical illnesses, drunken shipwrecks, fires and under constant attack by the Spanish, the few surviving settlers abandoned the colony just over a year after arriving.

However, word of this did not reach Scotland before a second expedition departed with more than 1,000 people aboard, arriving on St Andrew's Day in 1699. Of the total 2,500 settlers that set off, just a few hundred survived.

The Scottish economy was ruined. Seven years later, the Scots were forced to beg help from the English. It came at a price - the signing of the Act of Union, effectively ending Scotland's independence.

English meddling certainly played a role in the
failure of the scheme, since Westminster and the Crown forbade any trade with the new outpost. But this gloriously mad tale of bewigged imperialist arrogance is a stark warning on the dangers of standing alone in a globalised world.

It might even give the more strident voices calling for renewed Scottish independence pause for thought.

 

 

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