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I....I....I can't eloquently enough describe this masterpiece to you.
America, are you ready to be welcomed by the Netherlands?
Because I think some of you are about to laugh your asses off and send this immediately to everyone you know, others will be outraged and send it immediately to everyone they know.
Either way, the Netherlands wishes to welcome the new America with Donald Trump as POTUS - it appears that you share many many common 'traits'
I've put this in the mud pit so we can enjoy this with our International membership to maximum effect.
( We also invented: The Stock Exchange , the first Multinational .... )
Although it is usually considered to be the first stock market, Fernand Braudel argues that this is not precisely true: "It is not quite accurate to call [Amsterdam] the first stock market, as people often do. State loan stocks had been negotiable at a very early date in Venice, in Florence before 1328, and in Genoa, where there was an active market in the luoghi and paghe of Casa di San Giorgio, not to mention the Kuxen shares in the German mines which were quoted as early as the fifteenth century at the Leipzig fairs, the Spanish juros, the French rentes sur l’Hotel de Ville (municipal stocks) (1522) or the stock market in the Hanseatic towns from the fifteenth century.
The statutes of Verona in 1318 confirm the existence of the settlement or forward market ... In 1428, the jurist Bartolomeo de Bosco protested against the sale of forward loca in Genoa. All evidence points to the Mediterranean as the cradle of the stock market. But what was new in Amsterdam was the volume, the fluidity of the market and publicity it received, and the speculative freedom of transactions." — Fernand Braudel (1983) That said, it remains the first incarnation of what we could today recognize as a stock market.