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A late afternoon view from Ternate Island seafront overlooking two highly active volcanic islands of Tidore and Maitara that jut out of the sea is especially impressive to say the least. On close watch nearby is Fort Kalamata built by the Portuguese in 1540, located right on the water's edge as if enjoying the view as well - the historic fortification that holds an important part in the history of spice trade in the Moluccas.

There were great contentions between three maritime superpowers then; the Portuguese, the Spanish and the Dutch to gain control of these islands for the their most valuable commodity, clove and nutmeg. Prosperity of these islands came from the abundance of the spices even till today, the original and only source of nutmeg & clove in the world at that time. Eventually in the 17th century these two tiny islands including Ternate Island - where this was taken from, were in the hands of Dutch Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie-VOC, who secured a monopoly in the profitable trade.

Spices are so easy to come by today that it is hard to imagine the wars fought over spices centuries ago,

and the rest is history for us to learn.......

Setting: 20 mm, 1/60 sec, F8, ISO raw 100, 1740 hrs & GND filter

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