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10 countries that used to be rich but are now poor

Lovemoney Logo By Daniel Coughlin of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 51: A country's economic fortunes can change hugely over the course of centuries and even decades, and many nations considered poor or middle-income these days were once among the most affluent in the world. Looking back over the past 500 years or so, we reveal 10 countries that have gone from riches to rags.

Low-income nations that were once super-wealthy

A country's economic fortunes can change hugely over the course of centuries and even decades, and many nations considered poor or middle-income these days were once among the most affluent in the world.

Looking back over the past 500 years or so, we reveal 10 countries that have gone from riches to rags. Click ahead.

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