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The Tulip was introduced to Western Europe in 1554. A Flemish diplomat had seen Tulips at the court of Sultan Soloman the Magnificent. tulip bulbs were dispatched to Vienna and subsequently inrotoduced to the Netherlands.
Tulip bulb and cut flower production has since then remained a very important part in the Dutch economy.
During the 17th Century, there was enormous economic speculation in striped and flamed types of tulip which resulted in Tulipmania.