This is one of a number of sites which describes the history of the board game Monopoly. It doesn't get it quite right, but is directionally correct. I'll share my corrections here:
- "Goal" is actually "Gaol" -- what we know as Jail.
- The "Prosperity" rules were not similar to the rules of the Monopoly game as we know it. Rather, they were similar to the original rules, which produced a VERY dull game. No big winners, no losers. Just a sustainable situation in which all could prosper. Not much fun on a Sunday afternoon, but a good model for real life. The OTHER rules are similar to the Monopoly game we know today.
This website is missing the richest part of the story!
You might appreciate these two pages:
The Landlord's Game and Prosperity, at https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B5SHdsI4Ysi_ODQ4Y2FjZWMtNGFkMS00ZjZkLWFhNzYtMjNkNjFjMDJiZGE3&hl=en_GB
and the 1923 patent application, at http://www.google.com/patents?pg=PA1&zoom=4&id=lD1cAAAAEBAJ#v=onepage&q=&f=false
I'll post more on the subject over time.