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Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or, the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History

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A true tale of high adventure in the South Seas.

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago. Just two miles long and half a mile wide, it is remote, tranquil, and, these days, largely ignored.

Yet 370 years ago, Run's harvest of nutmeg (a pound of which yielded a 3,200 percent profit by the time it arrived in England) turned it into the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a battle between the all-powerful Dutch East India Company and the British Crown. The outcome of the fighting was one of the most spectacular deals in history: Britain ceded Run to Holland but in return was given Manhattan. This led not only to the birth of New York but also to the beginning of the British Empire.

Such a deal was due to the persistence of one man. Nathaniel Courthope and his small band of adventurers were sent to Run in October 1616, and for four years held off the massive Dutch navy. Nathaniel's Nutmeg centers on the remarkable showdown between Courthope and the Dutch Governor General Jan Coen, and the brutal fate of the mariners racing to Run-and the other corners of the globe-to reap the huge profits of the spice trade. Written with the flair of a historical sea novel but based on rigorous research, Nathaniel's Nutmeg is a brilliant adventure story by a writer who has been hailed as the "new Bruce Chatwin" (Mail on Sunday).

About the Author

Giles Milton is the author of The Riddle and the Knight, a critically acclaimed history of the explorer Sir John Mandeville. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374219369
Subtitle:
Or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed The Course Of History
Author:
Milton, Giles
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Coenzymes
Subject:
Indonesia
Subject:
Spice trade
Subject:
Maluku (Indonesia) History.
Subject:
Spice trade -- Indonesia -- Maluku -- History -- 17th century.
Subject:
Nutmeg industry
Subject:
Maluku
Subject:
Nederlandsche oost-indische compagnie
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Publication Date:
19990512
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.53x5.80x1.27 in. 1.26 lbs.

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