The South Sea Bubble

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How the News Broke: The South Sea Bubble. The South Sea Company was set up to trade with Spanish owned countries in south and central America. Shares soared in price after the Prince of Wales became a patron but collapsed when it became clear that the directors of the company were swindlers.  Original artwork for illustration on p11 of Look and Learn issue no 265 (11 February 1967).  Lent for scanning by The Gallery of Illustration.

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