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1698: Darien expedition sails, The first expedition sails from Leith,
anchors at Kirkcaldy.
1789: Bastille Day, Symbolic end of the French Monarchy and the
beginning of the First Republic. The people of Paris rose up and
marched on the Bastille, a state prison that characterized the
absolutism and arbitrariness of the Kings Regime. The storming of the
Bastille immediately became a symbol of historical dimension; it was
verification that power no longer resided in the King as God's
representative, but in the people.
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