This is a book to read, reread, then read again to your children. Spice prices in London and other European centers was sky-high, and fortunes could be made by those with enough knowledge and capital to fit out an expedition, and enough bravery or foolhardiness to risk their lives sailing around the world in order to buy nutmeg and other spices at their source. But I'd like to believe that the natives were thinking they were conning the Europeans selling them all that useless nutmeg and getting things like knives and clothes in return. It was like swimming through mud. Reading about a lesser known chapter of history—especially a story as seemingly buried as this one was interesting. Giles Milton is a writer and historian. Nathaniel Courthope, of whom the title of the book is named after, and over which the end of the book wraps it's self up over, is mentioned in a previous chapter, and then has one chapter over his exploits.
He has also written three novels and three children's books. To write a book that makes the reader, after finishing it, sit in a trance, lost in his passionate desire to pack a suitcase and go, somehow, to the fabulous place - that, in the end, is something one would give a sack of nutmeg for. Most of these spices were exclusively grown on tiny islands that make up part of modern-day Indo The book is about the 16th and 17th century race to the spice islands between the European powers, primarily England and Holland, but also Spain and Portugual. It's just one continuous line of text, reports, statistics, historical information and you really need to focus or. The book includes several maps, a good bibliography, and an index. But I wouldn't want too many details to be missing, because early 17th century values and practices are fascinating in their own right, and actions of the early explorers would have been incomprehensible without them.
Milton does a fairly good job of detailing how the Company got its start, found royal patronage, and set about raising money for trade voyages. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. Run, die abgelegenste und unzugänglichste der sechs kleinen Inseln, ist vier Kilometer lang und knapp einen Kilometer breit - und heute auf vielen Karten nicht einmal mehr eingetragen. Tourism is rising but mostly for divers and less for history buffs except for the laudable Sahabat Museum community who does regular trips there. Fünf Jahre lang kämpfte er mit 30 Mann gegen eine überwältigende holländische Übermacht, bis er verraten und umgebracht wurde. Milton uses texts from the British and Dutch East India Trading companies to bring alive the heroic and villainous traders, captains, crew-members, and natives in what was an extremely dangerous part of the world at the time. A different title, a less ambitious aim, or a more vigilant editor, and this book could have been an all the more satisfying read.
He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications and specialises in the history of travel and exploration. Incredible stories and all pertinent to our modern life. This book takes the award for the most mis-guided title in publishing history. It is a book about death and disappointment. Nathaniel Courthope really was an amazing heroic figure that time has consigned to forgotten dusty pages.
It is clear that a good deal of research has gone into the book, and the breadth of the subject matter makes this no light task. Kudos to Milton for digging it up. But that it a problem endemic to historical accounts in which several narratives are advancing simultaneously on several different fronts. In the course of his researches, he has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the Far East, and the Americas. For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. .
Many might assume that Keeling was therefore in on the native uprising that ended up slaughtering 48 Dutchmen, but Milton goes to great lengths to suggest that he wasn't: After the passing of almost four centuries it is hard to piece together exactly what happened next. Indeed, one problem with the book is that there are a great many dramatis personae, and it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Against incredible odds, the last of the merchants sent to establish a toehold in the island group, he rallied his men and the natives daily and held Run against the Dutch, under the most brutal conditions, for four long years. That said, this is an interesting introduction to Western Europe's involvement in the global race to corner the spice market. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. Happily, I do like seafaring tales, and even though those recounted in Nathaniel's Nutmeg became, after a time, a bit redundant, there were at the heart of the book two themes that held my interest: the origins and development of the East India C If I were less fond of seafaring tales, this might have been a tedious read, for the bulk of the book consists of a more-or-less chronological rendering of British voyages to the Spice Islands, with all the hardships and hazards set down in some detail. In the course of his researches, he has travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East.
I really rate this 4. The means of written expression of even the meanest of sailors are artfully elegant and understated by our standards, interesting in themselves. If you want to know what that has to do with the price of the fish, read the book. Includes the Couple's Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one. It was history-lite, with plenty of photos and a wide breadth, meant to appeal to a large market. The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago--remote, tranquil, and now largely ignored. With such a long history during the years of the colonization, everything was decided in the negotiation rooms in London and The Hague and who knows where else.
Henry Hudson, for example, was commissioned to find the North-East Passage: he was given explicit instructions and signed an agreement saying that he would sail up the coast of Norway and then attempt to turn east. In fact this most insignificant island of the Banda archipelago — 1. Seller Inventory 9780340696767 Book Description Sceptre. The thoroughness and intelligence of his research underpins the lively confidence with which he deploys it. Die Reise in den Fernen Osten führte manche Seeleute bis hinauf nach Neufundland und in den Tod. And so many other human traits were in evidence here besides the lust for wealth: curiosity, competitiveness, adventurousness. I must say on my list of things I would be willing to die for nutmeg is somewhere at the bottom, right before marmite.
Harry -Potter Search results will not contain 'Potter'. Of course I don't know anything about the circumstances here; it could be that Keeling really didn't know anything about the uprising. A highly-colored chronicle of the European race for control of the spice islands the small south-east Asian archipelago that produced the entire world supply of nutmeg and cloves during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries , Nathaniel's Nutmeg introduces the reader to a rollicking cast of brigands, merchants and adventurers, all of whom are out for a piece of the spice pie. By far the most intriguing part of the book was the rise and near-fall of the East India Company, which went on, of course, to become the basis for the British Raj. There are many lessons I took from this book. Naturally I like that a lot.