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Historical Figure

William Pateson 1658-1719

One of the driving forces in the establishment of the Bank of England (1694) and the Bank of Scotland (1695), Pateson was also involved in failed Scottish colony in Central America.

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'Half the world may hate the English for the success that was empire, the other half for the scourge inflicted upon them, but please stop it with the apologies.'

'Of course if it was not for the Empire, britain would not be what it is today. Oh...but yes the greater question is...Is britain really better off today than it was 400 years ago?'

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