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The Plight of a French Mississippian

Financier John Law's Mississippi Company created quite a stir in Paris in 1717. The company sold stock to fund the development of France's Louisiana Colony, including what is now the state of Mississippi. Speculation in the stock became rampant, the value of the stock reaching sixty times its actual worth. In 1720, this Mississippi "Bubble" burst, bankrupting thousands of investors. The following are the lyrics to a song popular at the time, reflecting the plight of investors:

Monday, I'll buy stock.
Tuesday, I'll gain millions.
Wednesday, I'll decorate my house.
Thursday, I'll buy a carriage.
Friday, I'll give a ball.
And Saturday, I'm in the poorhouse.