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/

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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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Looking east from Gunung Api over the airport on Banda Neira

Looking east from Gunung Api over the airport on Banda Neira

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

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

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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

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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/

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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/

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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/

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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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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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