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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Gateway to Fort Revenge, Banda Island  http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-bandas/fort-revenge/

Gateway to Fort Revenge, Banda Island http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-bandas/fort-revenge/

Arriving at Ay Island.  Beautifully clear waters and only 30 minutes from Banda Neira by boat

Arriving at Ay Island. Beautifully clear waters and only 30 minutes from Banda Neira by boat

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/

Looking east from Gunung Api over the airport on Banda Neira

Looking east from Gunung Api over the airport on Banda Neira

What's left of the bastion walls at Fort Nassau, Banda Island

What's left of the bastion walls at Fort Nassau, Banda Island

Only the walls remain of the small Dutch Fort Columbo (also known as Fort Kijk in den Pot)  Built in 1664, destroyed by an earthquake in 1683 and now in ruins

Only the walls remain of the small Dutch Fort Columbo (also known as Fort Kijk in den Pot) Built in 1664, destroyed by an earthquake in 1683 and now in ruins

Entrance to Fort Malayo (later Fort Oranje), Ternate.  The Dutch fort was extremely well built with over 90 canons to defend it yet it fell to the English in the early 1800's.  http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-clove-twins-ternate/malayo-fort-orange/

Entrance to Fort Malayo (later Fort Oranje), Ternate. The Dutch fort was extremely well built with over 90 canons to defend it yet it fell to the English in the early 1800's. http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-clove-twins-ternate/malayo-fort-orange/

Fort Tolukko, Ternate  A small yet well-preserved and well-kept fort, definitely worth the visit. Spanish from 1611 http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-clove-twins-ternate/fort-tolukko/

Fort Tolukko, Ternate A small yet well-preserved and well-kept fort, definitely worth the visit. Spanish from 1611 http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-clove-twins-ternate/fort-tolukko/

Looking southeast from the walls of the Spanish Fort Tohula (also Tahula) on the coast of Tidore.  In 1614 The Dutch tried and failed to take Tohula.  http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-clove-twins-tidore/fort-tohula/

Looking southeast from the walls of the Spanish Fort Tohula (also Tahula) on the coast of Tidore. In 1614 The Dutch tried and failed to take Tohula. http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-clove-twins-tidore/fort-tohula/

Fort Torre, Tidore.  Water storage well inked to the fort walls.  http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-clove-twins-tidore/

Fort Torre, Tidore. Water storage well inked to the fort walls. http://www.spiceislandsforts.com/the-clove-twins-tidore/

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