Agree, but I was thinking more of the gold coming in a time of Mercantilism, gold used in investments along with gold from investments from foreigners. Gold used to buy technology and machines to jump-start US industry.Something often overlooked, the whole nation benefited from us being a world power in international market
Would Saudi Arabia still command the level on the world scene without oil......or just be another third world country? Countries can command a certain level of respect internationally from being an economic power instead of a military power.
The secret of a great fortune made without apparent cause is soon forgotten, if the crime is committed in a respectable way.