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Spice Islands [Hardcover]

Ian Burnet
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June 1, 2011 1921719117 978-1921719110
Cloves and nutmeg are indigenous to the Spice Islands of Eastern Indonesia. This intriguing book tells of the many uses of these exotic spices and the history of their trade over period of more than 2,000 years. The book describes how such aromatic spices influenced the battles, the politics, and the rise and fall of numerous commercial empires. It follows the Silk Road across Central Asia and the Spice Route over the Indian Ocean, and it shows how the spice trade into Europe came to be dominated by Middle Eastern and Venetian merchants. Backed by the Crowns of Portugal and Spain, explorers - such as Columbus, Vasco de Gama, and Magellan - dreamt of capturing this trade by sailing directly to the Spice Islands, driving the maritime exploration of the world known as "The Age of Discovery." Much of the story is told through the lives of these historical characters, as well as Sir Francis Drake, Jan Pieterzoon Coen, Pierre Poivre, and others who are lesser known but equally important. The story also revolves around the intense rivalry between the Sultans of Ternate and Tidore and their relationship with the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, and English, who at different times occupied the Spice Islands. The book follows the growth of the Dutch and English East India Companies - which were founded to profit from the spice trade - and their efforts to monopolize that trade. It finishes as the Dutch East India Company goes into bankruptcy and the once splendid Sultanates sink into obscurity. Click on the Table of Contents link above to see inside the book.

Editorial Reviews


It is the story of how these noble spices came to the world to become more valuable than precious metals and gemstones .... Ian Burnet has captured its romance in his very readable and interesting book, Spice Islands  
                                                                                  Paul Talbot, AFLOAT Magazine

The story Burnet tells of the Spice Islands is both romantic and exotic
... and their history is the history of European exploration in our region.
                                                 Bruce Elder, The Sydney Morning Herald

This book is highly recommended ... buy this book for its excellent prose of a fascinating story
Viv. L. Forbes, The Globe

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921719117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921719110
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ian Burnet has spent more than twenty years, living, working and travelling in the Indonesian archipelago in his professional career.

Fascinated by the history of the archipelago, he thought the story of the spice trade from the tiny islands of Ternate and Tidore, and their effect on world history had to be told. His book 'Spice Islands' has been described as "a triumph of passion and scholarship"

Ian has completed his second book on the history of the region, 'East Indies' which tells the story of the 200 year struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern seas. 'East Indies' has been described as "a ripping historical yarn".

Ian is currently working on third book about the fascinating history of the Indonesian archipelago.

Please visit his website is at www.ianburnetbooks.com
and his blogsite at www.spiceislandsblog.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spice Islands August 30, 2011
By Jan
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Great book! Lots of information on the spice islands & how it became so important to the spice's trade all over the world. My husband & I would highly recommend reading Spice Islands. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read July 30, 2012
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This is an excellent book, My thanks to the author for providing so much information in such a clear interesting way. This book provides an overview of maritime history as well as dealing with the Silk Road and of course spices! So much information that is hard to come by in such a clear interesting format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avery good read July 17, 2012
An excellent guide to a very interesting part of the world and a little known period of colonial history

The author has not only studied the sources but has also visited the area and his local knowledge makes the difference - this is a good read as well as an mine of information

High quality illustrations and finish as well

highly recommended
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