When Did the First Stock Market Begin?

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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Suellen Ocean

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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