Stories in Spice History
Nathaniel’s Nutmeg or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History
by Giles Milton
Want 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. One fascinating tidbit, check out the section on Manhattan’s Wall Street. But you never, ever, knew…
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