||Goods received by a merchant for one (1) Viceroy tulip:
Eight fat swine
Twelve fat sheep
63 gallons of wine
60 kegs of beer
30 kegs of butter
1000 lbs. of cheese
A silver drinking-cup
||In the late 1500s, tulips were introduced to Holland. The flower was considered so rare that wealthy aristocrats and merchants tripped over themselves to buy them. Speculation ensued and the flower became wildly overvalued.
In 1637 the tulip trade crashed. People who thought of themselves as extremely rich were reduced to poverty overnight.
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