If the ambitious dreams of a Scot named Alexander McCorkindale had come to fruition, the out-of-way little town of Amsterdam would today be the thriving capital city of a 'tartan republic' called New Scotland.
The birth of Roburnia
His efforts were not entirely wasted however, for the Scots who did arrive proved to be hard-working settlers. Roburnia did actually exist for about a year but in 1882 the township was renamed Amsterdam and today only the town square commemorates the name of McCorkindale.
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