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. The spine may show signs of wear. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. Customer service is our top priority!. At home and while traveling, he is ever on the lookout for new untold stories. Even the birds, aware of the onslaught of winter, migrated to warmer climes.
The author also uses many weird spellings for cities and places. I have nutmeg in my kitchen cupboard and took it for granted. Это может быть выставочный образец или товар, бывший в употреблении и возвращенный в магазин. Adventure lovers should drool over the pirates, crocodiles, cannibals and shipwrecks. Obviously, I think Giles Milton has found one of those fascinating, obscure true life adventures.
Of course, Giles Milton sympathises with the poor natives who got paid very little for their nutmeg which fetched astronomical prices in Europe. Pliny the Elder had written of a circular sea at the top of the globe and a land called Tabis penetrating into the far north. The spine may show signs of wear. There is a lot to savour in this book once you look beyond the author's jingoistic spin but as an Irishman it was rather difficult to stomach Milton's portrayal of the English merchants as heroic and honourable opposites of the lawless, villainous Dutch, when he must be fully aware that fellow countrymen of these same 'honourable' merchants were simultaneously laying waste to an island closer to their own shores - but then that island had no valuable spice to offer. I want to give this book one star due to those shortcomings but since there are not many books dedicated for this part of Indonesia's history I decided to cut the author some slack. Rarely I can't finish a book with a subject I'm really passionate about but unfortunately this was one of them. The part played by the Dutch in the region's history and their influences are well preserved on the island of Ambon or Amboyna as in the book.
Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Nathaniel's is a very minor character in the book and Milton's hypothesis that his actions changed the course of history is not properly explored or supported by the book. These tiny specks on the map were vital for only one reason:the most exquisite spices grew there and only there. Nathaniel Courthope, the gentleman referenced by the title, features him for a very small amount of time. When the Dutch finally gained control and brutally subjugated the native population of the islands, the English still persisted in their claim for spices.
The outcome of the fighting was one of the most spectacular deals in history: Britain ceded Run to Holland but in return was given Manhattan. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. I'd like to think of other adjectives for it, but it was such an overwhelming collection of information. 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. Only if I was forced to reading by gunpoint would I reread this book.
Nathaniel's Nutmeg centers on the remarkable showdown between Courthope and the Dutch Governor General Jan Coen, and the brutal fate of the mariners racing to Run-and the other corners of the globe-to reap the huge profits of the spice trade. 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. And there was a lot of blood. It is obvious that a lot of research has been done and I did pick up a large number of curious facts and was introduced to a range of amazing characters. Obviously, I think Giles Milton has found one of those fascinating, obscure true life adventures. The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago.
About this Item: Penguin Publishing Group. Sailing into the bay where Willoughby had chosen to winter, the would-be rescuers stumbled across the ghostly and rotting hulks of the two ships — ships which had ended their days as charnel houses. I love to read history. 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. Some London apothecaries even claimed that enough saffron, taken with sweet wine, could raise the dead. Wherein also lies the reason I'm knocking a star off an otherwise great history. This book takes the award for the most mis-guided title in publishing history.
And the boat journey from Neira to Rhun is not treacherous I've been there using a rickety inter-island transport since in the ocean, everything depends on the season and tides. I am sure it must appeal to history buffs. Bookseller: , Ohio, United States Penguin Books. Relying on the wit that had so enamoured him to his adoptive father, he quickly foresaw the danger of Arctic pack-ice. The title of this is somewhat misleading; it's not simply Nathaniel Courthope's story, but that of various men over a century who fought and died over islands that don't even garner a mention on most contemporary maps. This book takes the award for the most mis-guided title in publishing history.