Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed The Course Of History [NOOK Book]

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A true tale of high adventure in the South Seas.

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago. Just two miles long and half a mile wide, it is remote, tranquil, and, these days, largely ignored.

Yet 370 years ago, Run's harvest of nutmeg (a pound of which yielded a 3,200 percent profit by the time it arrived in England) turned it into the ...
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Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed The Course Of History

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Overview


A true tale of high adventure in the South Seas.

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago. Just two miles long and half a mile wide, it is remote, tranquil, and, these days, largely ignored.

Yet 370 years ago, Run's harvest of nutmeg (a pound of which yielded a 3,200 percent profit by the time it arrived in England) turned it into the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a battle between the all-powerful Dutch East India Company and the British Crown. 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. This led not only to the birth of New York but also to the beginning of the British Empire.

Such a 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 for four years held off the massive Dutch navy. 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. Written with the flair of a historical sea novel but based on rigorous research, Nathaniel's Nutmeg is a brilliant adventure story by a writer who has been hailed as the "new Bruce Chatwin" (Mail on Sunday).


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466873476
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 254,326
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


Giles Milton is the author of The Riddle and the Knight, a critically acclaimed history of the explorer Sir John Mandeville. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Fascinating!

    Mr. Milton is a truly a remarkable storyteller. His attention to historical detail and fact is meticulous and yet he skillfully retains a level of excitement and anticipation that keeps the reader utterly absorbed. This is not a novel for history enthusiasts; this is history written for people who love a great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    Marvelous storytelling...excellent summer reading!

    Piloting a ship in the 17th century was akin to flying to the moon and back. Milton marvelously relates a riveting tale of bravery, intrigue and political double dealing. You won't be able to put this down once you begin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    Adventure as it's best. Historical adventure brought home.

    This is a must read. If you like history and adventure, you will love this book. A remarkable story of life on the high seas.This is a six star.

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