Scotland's History Enlightenment and Empire

Enlightenment and Empire

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Restless natives

Access to the British colonies in the West Indies and America sees Scots controlling business empires on both sides of the Atlantic.

The greed and ruthlessness of these Scots merchants brings unimaginable wealth but also leads to involvement in the slave trade.

As Scots like Glasgow's Tobacco Lords prosper a new generation of intellectuals examine the cost of this success on the nation's soul.

The ideas of this Scottish Enlightenment are exported to the colonies and fan the flames of revolution against the evils and cruelties of Empire.

Begin at the Seven Years War

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