Nathaniel's Nutmeg

Nathaniel's Nutmeg

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The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago--remote, tranquil, and now largely ignored. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, however, Run's harvest of nutmeg turned it into the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a fierce and bloody battle between the all-powerful Dutch East India Company and a small band of ragtag British adventurers led by the intrepid Nathaniel Courthope. The outcome of the fighting was one of the most spectacular deals in history: Britain ceded Run to Holland, but in return was given another small island, Manhattan.A brilliant adventure story of unthinkable hardship and savagery, the navigation of uncharted waters, and the exploitation of new worlds, Nathaniel's Nutmeg is a remarkable chapter in the history of the colonial powers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0140292608
  • 9780140292602
  • 168,844

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The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago, remote, tranquil, and now largely ignored. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, however, Run's harvest of nutmeg turned it into the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a fierce and bloody battle between the all-powerful Dutch East India Company and a small band of ragtag British adventures led by the intrepid Nathaniel Courthope. 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.

A brilliant adventure story of unthinkable hardship, savagery, the navigation of uncharted waters, and the exploitation of new worlds, Nathaniel's Nutmeg is a remarkable chapter in the history of the colonial powers.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations and Maps
Prologue
1. Arctic Whirlwinds
2. Wonderfully Unwholesome Climes
3. Music and Dancing Damsels
4. In the Paws of the Lion
5. "Admiral, We Are Betrayed!"
6. A Rebel at Sea
7. The Cannibals' Country
8. The Banner of Saint George
9. Conflict Between Gentlemen
10. Raising the Blood-Flag
11. Trial by Fire and Water
12. Striking a Deal
13. Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
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Review quote

"This is high adventure -- pirates and cannons and pieces of eight ... A work of prodigious research, and a fascinatingly seminal tidbit of New York history". -- New York Newsday
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About Giles Milton

Giles Milton is the author of The Riddle and the Knight, a critically acclaimed history of the explorer Sir John Mandeville.
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4 38% (1,179)
3 26% (819)
2 7% (218)
1 2% (60)
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