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Law, John (fl. ca. 1720) Missisippi of 'T Wydbefaamde goudland [Dutch] [Wonderful Land of Mississippi]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04946 Author/Creator: Law, John (fl. ca. 1720) Place Written: Amsterdam, Netherlands Type: Broadside Date: 1720 ca. Pagination: 1 sheet 27.5 x 24.5 cm

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Summary of Content: With engraved scene depicting Europeans trading gold with the Indians on the banks of the Mississippi. Publicizing settling in America. Written in Dutch. (The translation in the title here comes from the first line: "Dit 's 't wond're Missisippi Land / Besaamd door zynen Actiehandel, ....") The Mississippi "bubble" began in 1717 with the Company of the West, whose stock was driven up by speculators expecting gold and other wealth in Louisiana. The Company's collapse in 1720 involved French investors in difficulties similar to the British South Sea Bubble. From "Het Groot Verhaal". Engraving extracted from "Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheild."

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Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Immigration and MigrationAmerican Indian HistoryGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsLand TransactionFinanceFrontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: Early Settlements

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