By Giles Milton
A precise story of excessive experience within the South Seas.
The tiny island of Run is a trifling speck within the Indonesian archipelago. simply miles lengthy and half of one mile broad, it really is distant, tranquil, and, nowadays, principally ignored.
Yet 370 years in the past, Run's harvest of nutmeg (a pound of which yielded a 3,200 percentage revenue by the point it arrived in England) grew to become it into the main profitable of the Spice Islands, precipitating a conflict among the omnipotent Dutch East India corporation and the British Crown. the result of the combating was once the most surprising offers in historical past: Britain ceded Run to Holland yet in go back was once given big apple. This led not just to the beginning of recent York but additionally to the start of the British Empire.
Such a deal used to be because of the endurance of 1 guy. Nathaniel Courthope and his small band of adventurers have been despatched to Run in October 1616, and for 4 years held off the large Dutch military. Nathaniel's Nutmeg facilities at the outstanding showdown among Courthope and the Dutch Governor common Jan Coen, and the brutal destiny of the mariners racing to Run--and the opposite corners of the globe--to gain the large earnings of the spice exchange. Written with the aptitude of a historic sea novel yet in response to rigorous study, Giles Milton's Nathaniel's Nutmeg is an excellent experience tale by way of Giles Milton, a author who has been hailed because the "new Bruce Chatwin" (Mail on Sunday).
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Nathaniel's Nutmeg: or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton