How French philosopher Voltaire lost 90% of his investment in the ‘grand, ruinous trade with India’ (

But before that, between 1749 and 1754, he earned 52,532 livres from French East Indian commerce.


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450-year-old inscription discovered at Cēsis Castle (

An 18th-century Chinese vase found in a New England home sold for $1.6 million at auction (