Cover Material: Paperback
Publisher : Rosenberg Publishing
Publish Date :
Author: Burnet, Ian
ISBN-13 : 9781922013989
Page : 200

Description :

Cloves and nutmeg are indigenous to the Spice Islands of Eastern Indonesia. This intriguing book – now available in paperback – tells of the many uses of these exotic spices and the history of their trade over a period of more than 2000 years. The book describes how such aromatic spices influenced the battlesthe politicsand the rise and fall of numerous commercial empires. It follows the Silk Road across Central Asia and the Spice Route over the Indian Oceanand it shows how the spice trade into Europe came to be dominated by Middle Eastern and Venetian merchants. Backed by the Crowns of Portugal and Spainexplorers (such as ColumbusVasco de Gamaand Magellan) dreamt of capturing this trade by sailing directly to the Spice Islandsdriving the maritime exploration of the world known as “The Age of Discovery.” Much of the story is told through the lives of these historical charactersas well as Sir Francis DrakeJan Pieterzoon CoenPierre Poivreand others who are lesser known but equally important. The story also revolves around the intense rivalry between the Sultans of Ternate and Tidore and their relationship with the PortugueseSpanishDutchand Englishwho at different times occupied the Spice Islands. The book follows the growth of the Dutch and English East India Companies – which were founded to profit from the spice trade – and their efforts to monopolize that trade. It finishes as the Dutch East India Company goes into bankruptcy and the once splendid Sultanates sink into obscurity.

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