#JeremiahG .Hamilton (sometimes Jerry Hamilton) was a #WallStreet#broker noted as "the only black #millionaire in #NewYork " by James McCune Smith about a decade before the #AmericanCivilWar . Hamilton was a shrewd financial agent, amassing a fortune of $2 million ($43.6 million today) by the time of his death in 1875. Although he was the subject of much #newspaper coverage and his life provides a unique perspective on race in 19th century America, Hamilton is virtually absent from modern #historical literature. #Hamilton first came to prominence in 1828 after hiding out in a #fishingboat for multiple days in the #PortAuPrince harbor in #Haiti and eventually escaping the Haitian authorities. They had discovered he was transporting counterfeit coins to Haiti reportedly for a group of New York merchants; in absentia he was sentenced to be shot. The ship he had chartered, the Ann Eliza Jane, was confiscated by the port officials; Hamilton claimed he had escaped with $5000 of the counterfeit coin.
Almost a decade later, after the 1835 Great Fire of New York destroyed most of the #buildings on the southeast tip of #Manhattan , Hamilton accrued about $5 million in 2013 dollars by "taking pitiless advantage of several of the fire victims' misfortunes". His business practices were controversial; where most black #entrepreneurs sold their goods to other blacks, "Hamilton cut a swath through the lily-white New York #business world of the mid-1830s, a domain where his depredations soon earned him the nickname of "The #PrinceOfDarkness ". Others, with even less affection, simply called him "Nigger Hamilton". Soon thereafter, he used about $7 million to buy up a substantial amount of land and #property in modern-day #Astoria and #Poughkeepsie . Hamilton would go on to struggle with Cornelius Vanderbilt, the famous American industrialist, over control of the #Nicaragua Transit Company. At the time of his death in May 1875, Jeremiah Hamilton was said by obituaries to be the richest black man in the United States. He is buried in his family lot in the #GreenWoodCemetery in #Brooklyn . ...brought to you by #DaaGodfather#DaaGodfatherOfSolar#SolarBrotherNo1#LovePeaceSolar
UNESCO Sites of Italy 🇮🇹 The Royal Palace of Caserta (Italian: Reggia di Caserta ) is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. It is one of the largest palaces erected in Europe during the 18th century. In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its nomination described it as "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space" .The palace has 5 floors, 1,200 rooms, including two dozen state apartments, a large library, and a theatre modelled after the Teatro San Carlo of Naples. Did you know ...The Caserta Palace has been used as a filming location in a number of movie productions , among them Star Wars I and II, Mission impossibile III. #italy#italia#caserta#reggiadicaserta#italian#unescoworldheritage#unesco#hidden#hiddengem#historical#historic#campania#italianpride