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The Spice Route spans three millennia and circles the world to chronicle the history of the spice trade. John Keay tells of ancient Egyptians who pioneered maritime trade to fetch the incense of Arabia; Graeco-Roman navigators who found their way to India for pepper and ginger; Columbus, who sailed west for spices; de Gama, who sailed east for them; and Magellan, who sailed across the Pacific on the exact same quest. A veritable spice race evolved as the West vied for control of the spice-producing islands, stripping them of their innocence and the spice trade of its mystique. This saga, progressing from the voyages of the ancients to the blue-water trade that came to prevail by the seventeenth century, transports us from the dawn of history to the ends of the earth.
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Baltic Outlook - Roger Norum

"This erudite book provides an enthralling look at the 3000-year history of what is possibly the world’s oldest global trade route."
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Meet the Author


John Keay’s recent books include Sowing the Wind: the Mismanagement of the Middle East 1900–1960 and Last Post: The End of Empire in the Far East.
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Table of Contents

1 Before the fall 1
2 On the origin of species 18
3 Frankincense and Cinnamon 32
4 Hippalos and the passage across 54
5 Land of the luminous carbuncle 72
6 Insects on splinters 89
7 The world travellers 105
8 East to west 125
9 Christians and spices 146
10 Peppered ports and curried friar 165
11 Pacific approaches 185
12 Blue water 206
13 Infected by spices 227
Epilogue : outsold and outsourced 249
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