Tulip Contract Futures Tulip Mania

Futures Contracts During Tulip Mania

Dutch Tulip Contract Seventeenth 17th Century Tulip Mania

No physical bulbs or Tulips were actually sold during the height of Tulip Mania during the winter months of 1636-1637. As all the bulbs were dormant underground, the wild trading and speculation instead occurred with 'Futures Contracts' - a piece of paper guaranteeing the right to specific bulbs that would be blooming in the coming Spring. 

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