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Nathaniel's nutmeg : how one man's courage changed the course of history

Author: Giles Milton
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2015. copyright1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The extraordinary adventure-filled story of how England came to own Manhattan in the seventeenth century. In 1616, an English adventurer, Nathaniel Courthope, stepped ashore on a remote island in the East Indies on a secret mission - to persuade the islanders of Run to grant a monopoly to England over their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice in Europe. This infuriated the Dutch, who were determined to control the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jan Pieterszoon Coen; Nathaniel Courthope
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giles Milton
ISBN: 9780340696767 0340696761
OCLC Number: 1201290362
Description: xi, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Responsibility: Giles Milton.

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The extraordinary adventure-filled story of how England came to own Manhattan in the seventeenth century. In 1616, an English adventurer, Nathaniel Courthope, stepped ashore on a remote island in the East Indies on a secret mission - to persuade the islanders of Run to grant a monopoly to England over their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice in Europe. This infuriated the Dutch, who were determined to control the world's nutmeg supply. For five years Courthope and his band of thirty men were besieged by a force one hundred times greater - and his heroism set in motion the events that led to the founding of the greatest city on earth.

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