comment t1_e7iq0l0 re: TIL that Aaron Burr went broke speculatively buying parcels of land in upstate New York. He did this while living on twenty-six acres in what would become some of downtown NYC’s most prime real estate.
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{ posted: Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 at 12:07pm // views: 32 // words: 82 }

Well, for starters, Hamilton died in 1804. The War of 1812 occurred a bit later than that. So he was unable to serve in it. As for the duel, it started when a friend of Burr's recounted to him the things Hamilton had said about him at a dinner party. Since Hamilton saw Burr as a vile threat to the country, he could not and would not retract them. Burr was left no other option to defend his honor.

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