Nathaniel's Nutmeg : or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History
Nathaniel's Nutmeg or The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History Author:Giles Milton The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago -- remote, tranquil, and now largely ignored. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, however, Run's harvest of nutmeg turned it into the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a fierce and bloody battle between the all-powerful Dutc... more »h East India Company and a small band of ragtag British adventurers led by the intrepid Nathaniel Courthope. The outcome of the fighting was one of the most spectacular deals in history: Britain ceded Run to Holland, but in return was given another small island, Manhattan.
A brilliant adventure story of unthinkable hardship and savagery, the navigation of uncharted waters, and the exploitation of new worlds, Nathaniel's Nutmeg is a remarkable chapter in the history of the colonial powers.« less
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A very interesting read. I had no idea that, in the desperation to cut out the middleman, the British tried a northern route to get to Asia. It is interesting to think, when in the grocery store with the ease of purchasing ANY spice, the lengths people went to to obtain them, and the profit associated with them.