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Retrace ancient trade routes as you sail on the Coral Adventurer for a remarkable voyage combining history, nature and culture.
In the early sixteenth century, pioneering Portuguese explorers ventured east to the ‘Indies’ in search of highly desirable spices. They soon established a monopoly in the region around the Spice Islands of Indonesia which had an abundance of pepper, nutmeg, ginger, mace and cinnamon. This presence drove the lucrative spice trade and eventually attracted competition in the form of the Dutch who followed them into the region towards the latter part of the century. The spice trade was at the time, the world’s biggest industry. It established and destroyed empires and led to the discovery of new continents. Some would say it helped lay the foundation for the modern world.
Vestiges of this period in history, when the world spotlight shone on a small corner of Indonesia, can be seen on our annual voyages through the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat.
Explorer, Historian and Author – Ian Burnet will be joining us as Guest Lecturer onboard our Raja Ampat and Spice Islands expeditions. Ian has spent over 30 years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia and his three published books show his fascination with the diverse history and cultures of the archipelago. His book titled “Spice Islands” tells the 2000 year history of the spice trade from the Moluccas of Eastern Indonesia until the spices reached Europe. It was the lure of the fabled Spice Islands and exotic spices such as cloves and nutmegs that drove ‘The Age of Discovery’ and the first circumnavigation of our planet.