Document relating to the failed Darien scheme
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Darien documents go on display in Edinburgh

A collection of 300-year-old documents detailing Scotland's role in the failed Darien project has been put on show at the National Library in Edinburgh.

The doomed venture involved Scotland investing a large proportion of its wealth in setting up a colony in Central America in 1698.

The 1707 union between Scotland and England came about, partly, because Scotland was all but ruined by the failed scheme.