The Scents of Eden: A Narrative of the Spice Trade

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Kodansha International, 1998 - History - 337 pages
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"The Scents of Eden" regles us with memorable tales of corrupt European adventurers and enigmatic island rulers; with explosive battles fought between islanders, explorere, and pirates; with deadly sea voyages; and with some of the most colorufl characters in history. it brings to life men like Ferdinand Magellan, who in 1519 embarked on a voyage seeking a shorter sea route that would shrink the world; Jan Pieterzsoon Coen, the ruthless, cruel governor-general of the Dutch East Indies, who ordered a wholesale slaughter of islanders to maintain Holland's spice monopoly; Pierre Piovre, the French smuggler of clove and nutmeg seedlings whose acts altered the balance of power of European nations; and erect, bluejacketed Jonathan Carnes, the Yankee trader who in 1797 brought the first great wealth to a modest New England port.

Drawn from first--person accounts and contemporary books and journals "The Scents of eden" spans four centuries, weaving an intricate story set on a global stage. Arrayed with famous and obscure, noble and venal players alike, the narrative is a fascinating story and a magnificent epic.

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It's hard to believe, but there was a time when pepper was more valuable than gold. Europe craved the novelty of new spices, and explorers from many different countries set out to make their fortunes ... Read full review

THE SCENTS OF EDEN: A Narrative of the Spice Trade

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A lucid and comprehensive account spanning the nearly four centuries of international intrigue and bloody struggle for control of the vast riches of the Spice Islands. At the dawn of the 16th century ... Read full review

Contents

Whoever Is Lord of Malacca
4
The Siege
14
Lord Jim
24
I Have Found a New World
37
Black Dog
56
The Toughest Clay He Ever Molded
64
The Crab and the Crucifix
76
The End of the Portuguese Century
91
No Ten Commandments South of the Equator
187
Twilight and Dawn
200
The Broken Gourd
216
To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East
231
Fortune Favors the Bold
242
Pepper and Malay Knives
256
Tyrannical Embargo
270
Mister Knight No Understand Malay Man
280

The Globe and the World
109
By Treaty or by Force
119
Vile Treachery
135
The Tattered Cross of St George
148
Thus Was Poolorun Lost
165
Warehouse of East and West
177
A Good Thrashing
293
Epilogue
307
Notes and Sources
320
Index
327
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