Map of the Maluku Archipelago

In the 17th century the Moluccan archipelago in Eastern Indonesia became a subject of intense interest to the West. The islands were the world’s sole source of nutmeg, a spice that had become immensely popular among wealthy Europeans for use in improving the flavour of meats as well as for its perceived medicinal powers. At the height of the trade, nutmeg was worth its weight in gold and immense profits were possible for those able to make the difficult and extremely dangerous voyage there and back.

Date/Period
1652
Region
Moluccas, Indonesian Archipelago
Dimension
Frame size: 38.0 x 43.5 x 3.3 cm, Image size: 29.4 x 25.1 cm
Accession No.
2019-00088
Material
paper (fiber product)
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth Connolly.
Category
Maps

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