BRLSI Patrick O'Brian Society - ‘Nathanial’s Nutmeg’ by Giles Morton

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30 April 2018

19.30 £4/£2

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The true and incredible adventure of the Spice Trader who changed the course of history. The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago - remote, tranquil, and now largely ignored. In the seventeenth century, however, Run's harvest of nutmeg turned it into the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a bloody battle between the all-powerful Dutch East India Company and a small band of rag-tag British adventurers led by the intrepid Nathaniel Courthope. The outcome was one of the most spectacular deals in history: Britain ceded Run to Holland, but in return was given the small island, Manhattan.

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