Dan Hicks <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <LISTSERV%2003070712172317@JISCMA
IL.AC.UK>) about 'Bristol's new insight into Scottish history comes to
BBC2', on Mon, 7 Jul 2003:
>"I think finding the portable sundial was my moment of greatest excitement
>because that is the most extraordinary find.
>"There could only have been one on the site and it must have belonged to
>one of the really senior people in the colony, one of the officers.
Could someone please explain why there could only have been one on the
site? I suppose a portable sundial has to include a compass, and
adjustment of the gnomon angle for latitude, but I don't see why that
should be very costly or a rarity in 1707.
>"I suppose the absolute fatal flaw in the whole expedition was that
>Paterson and others had not realised just how key this bit of land was to
>the Spanish because this was where all the gold and silver from South
>America was funnelled through.
>"If they allowed the Scots into Darien then the Spanish Empire would have
Transporting bullion through Darien must have been very difficult. Did
they have to do that rather than shipping from the Spanish Main because,
although Spain and England were at peace, the risk from privateers in
the Caribbean was too great?
The Scots rarely get things wrong, so I suppose when they do, it's in a
BIG way. I suppose Paterson underestimated the problem of tropical
diseases, as well as the reaction of the Spanish.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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