In 16th century Europe, nutmeg and cloves were treasured as exotic food and medicine, believed to ward off the Bubonic Plague. Nutmeg and cloves also acted as the ultimate status symbol because a satchel of nutmeg, the size of a bag of rice or bag of potatoes, was worth the equivalent of a palatial home in London, England. Finding nutmeg and cloves were difficult during this period as the only known source was a few scattered islands in the South Pacific Sea. Within the archipelago of 17,000 isl...
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