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[Detail] Vue de Quebec, capitale du Canada. 1755.

Historical Research Capabilities: Marshalling Information to Construct a Narrative

John Law, a Scot who served as France’s Controller General of Finance and Inspector General of the Bank of the French Company of the Indies, was described as "a Scotch Gentleman whose Genius always carry’d him to the Study of Trade and Money" in a booklet entitled "A Full and Impartial Account of the Company of Mississipi," Law was the creator of a stock scheme that he claimed would generate enough money to retire the French government’s debt.

Search the collection and the interpretive materials to learn more about John Law.  You may also want to check other sources for information about Law. Who was Law? Why, as a Scot, was he working for the French government? Was the stock scheme he developed successful? Use the information you have gathered about John Law to write a brief narrative of his career as the Controller General of Finance and Inspector General of the Bank of the French Company of the Indies.