The Scents of Eden by Charles Corn
A Narrative of the Spice Trade

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"The Scents of Eden" regles us with memorable tales of corrupt European adventurers and enigmatic island rulers; with explosive battles fought between islanders, explorere, and pirates; with deadly sea voyages; and with some of the most colorufl characters in history. it brings to life men like Ferdinand Magellan, who in 1519 embarked on a voyage seeking a shorter sea route that would shrink the world; Jan Pieterzsoon Coen, the ruthless, cruel governor-general of the Dutch East Indies, who ordered a wholesale slaughter of islanders to maintain Holland's spice monopoly; Pierre Piovre, the French smuggler of clove and nutmeg seedlings whose acts altered the balance of power of European nations; and erect, bluejacketed Jonathan Carnes, the Yankee trader who in 1797 brought the first great wealth to a modest New England port.Drawn from first--person accounts and contemporary books and journals "The Scents of eden" spans four centuries, weaving an intricate story set on a global stage. Arrayed with famous and obscure, noble and venal players alike, the narrative is a fascinating story and a magnificent epic.
 

About Charles Corn

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CHARLES CORN is a native Georgian, Graduated from Washington and Lee University, and took a graduate degree in English from George Washington University. A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he has worked as an editor at several New York and Boston publishing houses, including Dutton, where heserved as editor in chief. The author of DISTANT ISLANDS, which Anne Lamott hailed as "beautiful, innocent, fascinating, and wonderfully written," and which Martin Cruz Smith called "a book to inspire your dreaming," Corn now devotes himself full time to writing. His work has appeared in the SANFRANCISCO CHRONICLE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and ISLANDS magazine, to name a few. He lives in San Francisco and is a frequent and recognized visitor to the Spice Islands.
 
Published February 1, 1998 by Kodansha America. 352 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Control over the region was finally wrested in the early 17th century by the tyrannical Dutch East India Company, responsible for the massacre of 14,000 of the 15,000 inhabitants of the Banda Islands, the richest spice-producing islands in the East Indies.

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The Moluccas, or Spice Islands, located at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago, held the European imagination in thrall since 1509, when Magellan's attempt to establish an outpost there ended in defeat.

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