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A perennial bulb that gave rise to the modern market system.
Between 1634 and 1637, the early enthusiasm for the new flowers triggered a speculative frenzy now known as the tulip mania. Tulips would become so expensive that they were treated as a form of currency. People began to start buying shares on the next years crop of tulips; gambling there money on a flower, many became millionaires, and others bankrupt.