The Beginning of the House of Rothschild
History records that William of Hanau rented out his troops to any nation and amassed a great fortune keeping the proceeds without paying the troops. Rothschild became an agent for William and, when William was forced to flee to Denmark, he left 600,000 pounds ($3,000,000) with Rothschild for safekeeping. But, Rothschild kept the ill-gotten gains.
The Jewish Encyclopaedia claims that the great fortune accumulated by the House of Rothschild over the years was based on a "businesslike" method of fraud. The family established branches of the House of Rothschild in Berlin, Vienna, Paris and Naples with a son placed in charge of each. Amschel was placed in charge of the Berlin branch; Salomon was over the Vienna branch; Jacob (James) went to Paris and Kalmann (Karl) opened up the Rothschild bank in Naples. The headquarters of the House of Rothschild was, and is, in London.
Through a vast network of information gathering, the family business expanded. When Napoleon’s Grande Armee went to battle with England at Waterloo, the House of Rothschild benefitted in the London Stock Exchange by first running down the consuls by dumping what they owned. When the sell-off was noticed, it was deduced Napoleon was winning and everyone else sold consuls as quickly as possible. When consul prices dropped to about 5% of the original price, the Rothschilds bought everything available. When it was discovered England was victorious, the consuls became worth more than the value that morning and the Rothschild fortune was worth 20 times more than before - $60 million. More importantly, the House of Rothschild had great power over the British economy.
France’s 1818 economic woes were caused by the House of Rothschild in much the same way. The French government post-war bonds were increasing in value due to Rothschild purchases, but began to decline as the Rothschilds dumped them back on the market. The Rothschilds repurchased the bonds when they were at their lowest value. They were now in control of France.
The Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, pp. 501, 5O2 describes the book, Coningsby, by former prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, as "an ideal portrait" of the Rothschild Empire. Disraeli characterized Nathan Rothschild as "the lord and master of the money markets of the world, and of course virtually lord and master of everything else. He literally held the revenues of southern Italy in pawn, and monarchs and ministers of all countries courted his advice and were guided by his suggestions."
A Family Empire Like None Before or Since
Mayer Rothschild created a family empire ensconced in secrecy and totally loyalty. Unlike the American family-empires, who enjoyed having their pictures taken and family antics discussed, the Rothschild house is run similarly to the mafia sans public infighting and violence. Mayer Rothschild ensured the family would remain in control of their empire for generations to come through his will.
The House of Rothschild tactics have changed over the years, from outright economic manipulation to working behind the many corporations, none of which bear the name. One would think the family empire died out long ago, but that is far from the truth.
While researching the House of Rothschild, one item I read was eerily foreboding:
‘The mighty strength of the House of Rothschild was based on a variety of important factors:
(A) Complete secrecy resulting from total family control of all business dealings;
(B) An uncanny, one could almost say a supernatural ability to see what lay ahead and to take full advantage of it. The whole family was driven by an insatiable lust for the accumulation of wealth and power, and
(C) Total ruthlessness in all business dealings.
Biographer Frederic Morton, in The Rothschilds, tells us that Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his five sons were "wizards" of finance, and "fiendish calculators" who were motivated by a "demonic drive" to succeed in their secret undertakings.’
Throughout the family line, it seems there was an unnatural ability by every generation to understand and anticipate world events and markets and to manipulate them. I believe the probabilities of every member of every generation being naturally endowed with these abilities as impossibility.
Rothschilds and the United States
The international bankers set their sights on the young United States as a threat to their control of the world’s economy. The Times of London stated: "If that mischievous financial policy which had its origin in the North American Republic [i.e. honest Constitutionally authorized no debt money] should become indurated [established] down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without a debt [to the international bankers]. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the civilized governments of the world. The brains and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe."
Remember, that the Rothschilds gained their power through debt manipulation.
The first documentable evidence of Rothschild involvement in the financial affairs of the United States came with the first Bank of the United States under George Washington. While Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, was wholly against the Bank, Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, convinced Washington and in 1791, the first Bank of the United States was created with a 20-year charter that ended in 1811.
After the charter expired, and the United States did not planned to re-issue it, Nathan Rothschild, of the Bank of England, issued an ultimatum: 'Either the application for the renewal of the charter is granted, or the United States will find itself involved in a most disastrous war.'
Regardless of what the history books tell us, in light of this threat, is it coincidence that the war of 1812 occurred?
The second Bank of the United States was chartered in 1816 in response to the debt incurred in the war of 1812. This second Bank of the United States was also a private corporation that handled all fiscal transactions for the U.S. government, and was accountable to Congress and the U.S. Treasury. The federal government, through its ownership of 20% of its capital, was the Bank's single largest stockholder. But, 4,000 private investors, including one thousand Europeans and a few wealthy Americans, held the other 80% of the Bank's capital. The institution was the largest capitalized corporation in the world at that time.
The director of the bank, Nicholas Biddle, a Rothschild agent, flexed his own political power, turning to members of Congress, including the powerful Senator Henry Clay (who ran against Andrew Jackson in the election of 1832) and leading businessmen sympathetic to the bank, to fight President Jackson. When President Jackson vetoed a Congressional attempt to renew the charter of the 'Bank of the United States', Biddle vowed to continue to fight the president, saying that "just because he has scalped Indians and imprisoned Judges [does not mean] he is to have his way with the bank."
On September 10, 1833, Jackson removed all federal funds from the Bank of the U.S., redistributing them to various state banks, and announced that deposits would not be made after October 1st of that year; thereby succeeding in destroying the bank when its charter officially expired in 1836.
The United States enjoyed a brief period of foreign-free banking control, until the Civil War in which it is believed the Rothschilds had a hand via the countries they controlled: England, France, and Spain. Lincoln requested help from the king of Prussia and rather than pay 24-30% interest to the New York bankers, printed 'greenbacks'. But, in February, 1862, Congress passed the 'Exception Clause', which said that greenbacks could be used to pay interest on national debt, taxes, excises or import duties only. In 1863, Congress revoked the Greenback Law requiring retirement of greenbacks from circulation when received by the Treasury in payment of taxes, and enacted the National Banking Act whereby money was to be issued solely by privately-owned banks with interest. Lincoln protested, but had to put off further action until after the war. Lincoln planned to veto the Bill and to take action against the bankers' power. Lincoln declared:
“I have two great enemies, the Southern army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. And of the two, the bankers are my greatest foe.”
Lincoln was re-elected President in 1864, making it clear he would attack the power of the bankers, once the war was over. The war ended on April 9, 1865. Lincoln was assassinated five days later. Tremendous credit restriction followed, organized by the banks: the currency in circulation in the country, which was, in 1866, $1,907 million, representing $50.46 per capita, was reduced to $605 million in 1876 or $14.60 per capita. In ten years, 56,446 businesses failed (a $2 billion loss). By 1887, the bankers reduced the per capita currency to $6.67!
Was this punishment by the international bankers for the country's attempts at financial independence?
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