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/

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 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/

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

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

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.

Fort Hollandia Banda Besar A commanding view over the western entrance to the harbour, their guns never fired in anger. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1748

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…

Looking east from Gunung Api over the airport on Banda Neira

Looking east from Gunung Api over the airport on Banda Neira

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/

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/

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

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