Pierpont Morgan, the legendary banker, makes an appearance in the 'Snow' chapter of New York, and is vividly described in the 'Ellis Island' chapter, as he single-handedly averts the great banking crisis of 1907.
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Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.