John Law Wasn't So Wrong

John Law Wasn't So Wrong

John Law Wasn't So Wrong

John Law Wasn't So Wrong

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Had we been improvished and adventurous Frenchmen or Germans in the year 1726, we would have blessed the name of a Scotsman named John Law who promised a rich, new life in a rich, new world. Had we followed from Europe to America the golden will-of-the-wisp which he created and loosed we would have come to curse him. That is, if we had managed to survive the fevers, the plagues, the famines and the neglect that were the almost universal lot of those who read, believed and acted upon his promise of an earthy paradise in France's Louisiana colony.

John Law was a brilliant, adventurous speculator, a gaudy money juggler who had won the favoritism of Louis XV with a bold scheme to enrich the French treasury, and . . .

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