Tulip Mania By Aubrey Rose

At about the beginning of the 1600's, Holland experienced the largest tulip craze known to the world. At one point, the price of one tulip bulb was equivalent to that of a house. Tulips were considered delicacies for your garden, and were a symbol of status within the community.

Certain tulips were more popular than others. They were characterized by size, shape, and color. The most famous tulip color during tulip mania was multi-colored.

In 1633, real estate properties were actually exchanged for a handful of tulip bulbs. As you see below, these properties weren't that shabby. The price of tulips greatly effected the Dutch economy. Think about it: the Dutch economy was basing itself largely on a flower, for one thing. Additionally, they only bloom for a small window of time. The financial situation of the country was an unstable roller coaster ride.

The Flemish painter Jan Brueghel depicted tulip mania in his artwork during tulip mania. It is believed his paintings contributed to the tulip craze. His paintings are especially famous today because they represent the beginnings and endings of the tulip mania.

Just as quickly as the tulip craze began, it ended. The Dutch economy was ruined, and a depression soon followed after the mania was over.

Credits:

Created with images by Henry Hemming - "Tulip" • GoToVan - "2012 Tulip Festival @ Agassiz, BC, Canada" • paulbr75 - "florida home house for sale" • irinaraquel - "Jan Brueghel the Elder - Bouquet in a Clay Vase" • erix! - "trampled"

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