Back in the 1500s the Dutch had the VOC - Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (United East India Company). I believe this was the first stock "exchange". Investors would get together, and commission ships to voyage and bring back spices, cloth, herring, wheat, etc. The VOC was where you went to purchase your "share" in it. If pirates didn't get your ship or storms didn't ruin your wheat, you made a profit. This built the great Golden era of Amsterdam.
And what about Wall Street? This street received its name because it was built in 1653 to protect the colonists of New Amsterdam from the Lenape Native Americans and the British.
Suellen Ocean is the author of The Lies of the Lion available at Amazon.