Going Dutch, with spice from the East

15 September 2019 - 00:17 By TJ STRYDOM

Amsterdam boasts the world's oldest stock exchange. The Dutch claim to have invented shares, brokers, limited liability companies and most of capitalism in an elaborate financing scheme almost five centuries ago to send ships to the East for spices.

All of this happened within hearing distance of the Oude Kerk's belltower...

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