On This Day In Oil & Gas - 16th September 1736, The Hague, Republic of the Seven United Netherlands
A Grade-A grey day in this North Sea port city. A man half way through his 50th year wheezes a last breath into the stuffy air of a high-ceilinged bedroom.The oldest of five children, born into the house of a wealthy merchant from the Hansa city of Gdánsk, he would be orphaned at the age of 15 when both of his parents died on the same August afternoon after eating poisoned mushrooms. Suddenly becoming the family breadwinner, he would set off for Amsterdam, one of Europe’s principal e...
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