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?