The amazing story is that the Indians, taking their $16 when they sold Manhattan, could have invested it and bought it back (today) with several hundred million dollars left over.
The author makes a lot of assumptions. The worksheet questions some of the assumptions. You will think of more questions. The point is that we can't believe all we read, even if there are some facts as part of the article. Then again, compound interest is nice.
Group assignment. Easy read. Link to article and Google Doc so students can fill it out online, or you can print it form them.
Use it with your staff, too. I've seen way too many teachers use the top Google results in order to teach an important lesson that needed a bit more research.
Used in an English class to talk about the American Dream, but it works well in math, business, social studies, too.
Think about your investment in this assignment and how it will be compounded annually as you use it again and again.