The First Stock Exchange

Back in the 1500s the Dutch had the VOC – Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (United East India Company). I believe this was the first stock “exchange”. Investors would get together, and commission ships to voyage and bring back spices, cloth, herring, wheat, etc. The VOC was where you went to purchase your “share” in it. If pirates didn’t get your ship or storms didn’t ruin your wheat, you made a profit. This built the great Golden era of Amsterdam.

And what about Wall Street? This street received its name because it was built in 1653 to protect the colonists of New Amsterdam from the Lenape Native Americans and the British.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

The Guild (Book 2)

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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