The Scents of Eden: A History of the Spice Trade
Based on archival material, this book presents the history of the military, diplomatic and economic power struggle for control of the world's most lucrative food stuffs, and domination of the Indian Ocean. Clothed in mystery and lost in uncharted seas, the Spice Islands of the early sixteenth century tantalized European imagination to the point of obsession. As the only place on Earth where grew the holy trinity' of spices-cloves, nutmeg, and mace-these minuscule islands quickly became a wellspring of international intrigue and personal fortune,'
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Mrs_McGreevy - LibraryThing
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 TradeUser Review - Kirkus
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
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