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Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or, The true and incredible adventures of the spice trader who changed the course of history

Author: Giles Milton
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
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The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago--remote, tranquil, and, these days, largely ignored. Yet 370 years ago, Run's harvest of nutmeg (yielding a 3,200% profit by the time it arrived in England) made it the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a battle between the Dutch East India Company and the British Crown. The outcome was that Britain ceded Run to Holland  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Nathaniel Courthope; Jan Pieterszoon Coen; Nathaniel Courthope; Jan Pieterszoon Coen; Nathaniel Courthope
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giles Milton
ISBN: 0374219362 9780374219369
OCLC Number: 39905089
Description: xi, 388 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Arctic Whirlwinds --
Wonderfully Unwholesome Climes --
Music and Dancing Damsels --
In the Paws of the Lion --
'Admiral, We Are Betrayed!' --
A Rebel at Sea --
The Cannibals' Country --
The Banner of Saint George --
Conflict between Gentlemen --
Raising the Blood-Flag --
Trial by Fire and Water --
Striking a Deal.
Other Titles: Nathaniel's Nutmeg
True and incredible adventures of the spice trader who changed the course of history
Responsibility: Giles Milton.
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The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago--remote, tranquil, and, these days, largely ignored. Yet 370 years ago, Run's harvest of nutmeg (yielding a 3,200% profit by the time it arrived in England) made it the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a battle between the Dutch East India Company and the British Crown. The outcome was that Britain ceded Run to Holland but in return was given Manhattan--leading to the birth of New York and to the beginning of the British Empire. This 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 held off the Dutch navy for four years. This book centers on the showdown between Courthope and the Dutch Governor General, and the brutal fate of mariners racing to Run to reap the huge profits of the spice trade.--From publisher description.

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