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How and when the fortunes of the world are made


One can never predict how the fortunes of the world will change. Sometimes it takes years for a shift and sometimes it happens over night. For example, who would have thought that hundreds of years ago Amsterdam's whole economy would come from the tulip? Sounds crazy, but that is exactly what happened. The tulip was introduced to the people of Amsterdam just a few years before the turn of the 17th century. It's impossible to comprehend tulip mania of the time without first understanding how different the tulip was from every other flower known to horticulturists of the time. To them it was a beautiful and exotic flower and it fetched a pretty penny. Soon it became so popular that they began to sell it on the Amsterdam stock exchange. Prices ran so high that the cost of certain tulips was equal to the cost of a luxury home in the heart of Amsterdam. The value moved from money to tulips and everyone thought it would last. While tulip mania came and went, the Netherlands Horticulture Industry today holds 80% of the tulip share worldwide, about 4.32 billion tulips every year and 50% share of floriculture products worldwide.

Today we have a new tulip, so to speak, in the form of the bitcoin. Could this be the new fortune of the world and global currency? Take a look at this infographic for more and tell us what you think about the bitcoin movement in the comments. Don't forget to like and share!