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1698: Darien fleet in Darien, First landing in Caledonia Bay.
1917: Balfour Declaration, Lord Balfour informs Lord Rothschild that
"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in
Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people...." Often seen as
the initiation of the process that led to the establishment of the
State of Israel. Issuing of the statement is believed to have been
motivated just as much by British interests, as by the sympathy for
the Zionist cause. At the eve of the World War I Britain needed the
support from the World Jewry, which had been neutral, and which
represented a large part of the population of Germany and
Austria-Hungary. The declaration was drafted with the help of US
President, Woodrow Wilson, who was a strong supporter of Zionism.
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