Back in the 1500s the Dutch had the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) that was the “Dutch East India Company”. 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. I write historical fiction and my characters in “The Lies of the Lion” are Portuguese Merchants living in Amsterdam when the first stock market began.
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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