tulipomania


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tulipomania

tulip craze in Holland during which fortunes were lost. [Eur. Hist.: WB, 19: 394]
See: Fads
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Dash is a terrific historical researcher and storyteller, as anyone knows who has read Tulipomania, about the 17th century speculative bubble (perhaps the world's first) over tulip bulbs, or Batavia's Graveyard, a thumping great tale of human savagery in the South Seas.
In Holland, the financial hysteria called tulipomania reached its peak 100 years later, when bulbs changed hands for thousands of pounds each.
In fact, so-called tulipomania broke out in Amsterdam back in 1634
They come from a group that dates back to the days of tulipomania, which reached its height in 1637 when 99 high-quality bulbs were sold for the equivalent of pounds 2.
One supermarket chain in Dallas sold an incredible 360,000 tulips in just two months--evidence that tulipomania can happen anywhere.
Tulipomania spread to France, where high prices were paid for the best striped tulips, and then to the rest of Europe.