In the Middle Ages, a handful of nutmeg in the European Market was considered more valuable than a chest of gold.
The monopoly of the Arabs and feuds in the crusades led Europe into the hunt for spice-producing islands. The enmity of the nations occurred because of spices. The Banda Islands, which at that time were the only place for nutmeg trees to grow, became the most contested area. The Dutch were even willing to let go of Nieuw Amsterdam (Manhattan, New York) in order to expel the British from the islands. The first mass massacre and slavery in the archipelago occurred in the Banda Islands. There too, a spirit of nationality and multicultural identity was born into the world’s historical heritage.
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