The Trade in Spices

The Spice Routes are the vast web of trading networks that connect the Far East with the Mediterranean, covering more than 15,000 kilometers of land and sea travel. Traders bought and sold goods from port to port, and some of the most valuable and desirable on the market were spices, emanating originally from Indonesia, southern China, India, Sri Lanka, and in particular, the Spice Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and on demand throughout Asia and Europe. 

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  • Author(s):
    Struan Reid
    2nd millennium BC to 1st century AD
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    Silk and Spice Routes (UNESCO Publication) 

    Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam

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