The Spice Islands, East Indonesia

Although at great cost to it's people, the Spice Islands, (aka The Moluccas or Maluku) played a significant part in the expansion of Europe and The Golden Era of Discovery. For more detail on the forts themselves there's a great site with here: http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/
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Over the southern tip of  Banda Neira towards Gunung Api

Over the southern tip of Banda Neira towards Gunung Api

Looking west from the now-shaded ramparts of Fort Hollandia (Banda Besar), towards the channel where they most expected English or Spanish fighting ships to attack.

Looking west from the now-shaded ramparts of Fort Hollandia (Banda Besar), towards the channel where they most expected English or Spanish fighting ships to attack.

Narrow entrance to Fort Hollandia, Banda Besar

Narrow entrance to Fort Hollandia, Banda Besar

The remains of the external walls at Fort Hollandia, Banda Besar.

The remains of the external walls at Fort Hollandia, Banda Besar.

Looking east from Gunung Api over the airport on Banda Neira

Looking east from Gunung Api over the airport on Banda Neira

The grassed remains of the bastion walls at Fort Nassau, Banda Island

The grassed remains of the bastion walls at Fort Nassau, Banda Island

Fort Nassau in the Banda Islands was built in 1609 on foundations of a fort structure left by the Portuguese.  The fort was where the Banda Islanders ambushed and killed Dutch Admiral Verhoeven and two dozen of his men.  In 1621 the Dutch Governor Coen took his revenge by killing 15,000 of the 16,000 local inhabitants.  Those that survived became slaves in their own plantations. For more info..... http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-bandas/fort-nassau/

Fort Nassau in the Banda Islands was built in 1609 on foundations of a fort structure left by the Portuguese. The fort was where the Banda Islanders ambushed and killed Dutch Admiral Verhoeven and two dozen of his men. In 1621 the Dutch Governor Coen took his revenge by killing 15,000 of the 16,000 local inhabitants. Those that survived became slaves in their own plantations. For more info..... http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-bandas/fort-nassau/

The oldest clove tree in the world is called ‘Afo’. For 400 years it has graced the slopes of Mount Gammalama, Ternate.  Once standing 40 metres tall and 4 metres round the trunk, it remains a treasured sentinel. What is left of Afo today is surrounded by a protective wall as the locals, not appreciating its place in their history, once mistakenly hacked several branches off for firewood. The clove tree defied an empire…

The oldest clove tree in the world is called ‘Afo’. For 400 years it has graced the slopes of Mount Gammalama, Ternate. Once standing 40 metres tall and 4 metres round the trunk, it remains a treasured sentinel. What is left of Afo today is surrounded by a protective wall as the locals, not appreciating its place in their history, once mistakenly hacked several branches off for firewood. The clove tree defied an empire…

History books tell us that Magellan was the first person to sail around the world.  He wasn't as he died enroute.  In 1993: the Spanish Embassy laid a memorial stone to the epic journey around the world of Juan Sebastian Elcano and his crew: "In memory of Juan Sebastian Elcano and the crews of ships ‘Trinidad’ and ‘Victoria’ which landed in this island of Tidore on November 8th 1521 and set out its course for Spain on December 18th 1521 to accomplish the first circumnavigation of the globe.

History books tell us that Magellan was the first person to sail around the world. He wasn't as he died enroute. In 1993: the Spanish Embassy laid a memorial stone to the epic journey around the world of Juan Sebastian Elcano and his crew: "In memory of Juan Sebastian Elcano and the crews of ships ‘Trinidad’ and ‘Victoria’ which landed in this island of Tidore on November 8th 1521 and set out its course for Spain on December 18th 1521 to accomplish the first circumnavigation of the globe.

View from Fort Torre, Tidore.  How many Portuguese soldiers or sailors looked at this view and wonder what on earth they were doing 8,000 miles from their families?

View from Fort Torre, Tidore. How many Portuguese soldiers or sailors looked at this view and wonder what on earth they were doing 8,000 miles from their families?

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