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Blaeu, Guiljemus
Les Isles Moluques. "Moluccæ Insula Celeberrimæ
Asia: Amsterdam "chez Jean & Corn. Blaeu" 1640. Original coloured, copper engraved map of the Spice Islands, the Moluccas from the 2nd volume of Joan Blaeu's"Le theatre du monde ou Nouvel Atlas.. " French text to verso. The map shows the Spice islands or North Maluku islands, with their plantations and the Dutch forts. Large decorative title cartouche and Inset map of the Island of Bacan / Bachian with decorative surround; numerous ships and monsters to sea, 2 natives to lower right corner. The Indonesian archipelago of the Moluccas (or Maluku Islands), commonly referred to as the Spice Islands, lies on the equator north of Australia and west of New Guinea. Though there are hundreds of islands in the group (most are very small), only a handful figure prominently in the history of the European spice trade, including today's Ternate, Tidore, Moti, Makian, and Bacan—essentially the ones shown on the surrounding maps. Until the 1700s, these rain-forested, luxuriant, volcanic islands were the only or best sources of such spices as cloves, nutmeg, and mace.Arab traders introduced cloves to Europeans around the fourth century but sought to keep their sources secret. Their monopoly was broken by the Portuguese after Vasco da Gama's voyage to India around the Cape of Good Hope in 1497. The Portuguese strengthened their stranglehold on the spice trade during the sixteenth century, when they found the central locus of the spices to be these islands. One of the native traditions was to plant a clove tree when a child was born, linking the child symbolically to the life of the tr … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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