In 1818, the Duc de Richelieu called Barings Bank the sixth great European power, just after England, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia. Barings was one of the few significant investment banks of the 18th and 19th centuries, and it remained a leader until its downfall in 1995. This exhibit explores five of the firm's US investments, some good and some bad. Barings chose to invest in the fledgling nation. Would you have done the same?
Second Bank of the United States bond issued to Baring Brothers & Co., 1830. Credit: Museum of American Finance
Columbia Bicycles by Pope Manufacturing advertisement in Judge magazine, 1897. Credit: Museum of American Finance
Map titled “Plan of Part of the District of Main,” which was commissioned from the workshop of William Faden, the king’s geographer. Credit: The Baring Archive
Map of Mississippi Valley System and Louisiana Territory, published by Guillaime De L’Isle, 1718. Credit: The Baring Archive