Stories in Spice History

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg

"This is high adventure--pirates and cannons and pieces of eight...A work of prodigious research, and a fascinatingly seminal tidbit of New York history."  New York Newsday

"This is high adventure--pirates and cannons and pieces of eight...A work of prodigious research, and a fascinatingly seminal tidbit of New York history." New York Newsday

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History

by Giles Milton

Looking for a little excitement in your readings? Try this–the Age of Exploration, piracy, mutiny, headhunters, bizarre transactions, desperate battles, gentlemen explorers, and rogue adventurers. Nathaniel’s Nutmeg is a non-fiction account of Europe’s obsession with its spices. In the 1600′s the Dutch landed on Manhattan, named it New Amsterdam and then later gave it to the English who renamed it New York. This entire discovery and exchange is owed to nutmeg… specifically to the unbelievable sequence of events between Europe and the spice islands (one very small island in particular) which culminated in changing the course of the world’s history.

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