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The first appearance of the Spice Islands on a world map – the Atlas Miller (1519-1522)

Art and science join forces in the Portuguese atlas known as the Atlas Miller by the cartographers Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel and the miniaturist António de Holanda, which is one of the wonders of sixteenth-century Portuguese cartography. The … Continue reading

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East Indies – A Story of Spices, Gunpowder and Opium

News Update. East Indies is now out in a paperback edition and available on order from your favorite bookstore or your favorite online retailer for A$29.95. In 1497 Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, his small Portuguese … Continue reading

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East Indies — The English East India Company and the Founding of Singapore

Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore Friday Evening Lecture Series, 26 September 2014, 7 to 8:30 pm Speaker: Ian Burnet – Author This lecture is based on the speaker’s book ‘East Indies (2013). It follows trade winds and trade routes to the … Continue reading

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Some more ‘East Indies’ book reviews have come in Ian Burnet journeys through the East Indies, from Calcutta and Goa to Timor and Malacca, as far as Nagasaki, Canton and Hong Kong. Europe’s desires for goods from the East —- … Continue reading

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‘East Indies’ —- Book Reviews II

Some more ‘East Indies’ book reviews have come in. Armed Enterprise – Competition and Monopoly in the East Burnet tells of the struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the English East India Company for … Continue reading

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‘East Indies’ at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Book launch: East Indies book talk by Ian Burnet Sunday 16 February 2014| 2 pm – 4 pm A fascinating talk about the spice trade and its little known associated collateral. It documents the 200 year struggle between the Portuguese … Continue reading

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‘East Indies’ — The first book reviews have started coming out

The book reviews for ‘East Indies’ have started coming out and here is what they say: East Indies —- Book Review When you read East Indies by Ian Burnet, you can almost smell exotic spices over salt spray and wet … Continue reading

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Malacca — Where it all started!

For centuries Malacca was the fulcrum of East – West trade and was best described by its early Portuguese resident Tome Pires in 1514: “Men cannot estimate the worth of Malacca, on account of its greatness and profit. Malacca is … Continue reading

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‘East Indies’ Book Launch September 21, 2013

<img src="https://spiceislandsblog.files.wordpress.com   Adrian Vickers (Professor of South East Asian Studies at Sydney University) kindly launched the book ‘East Indies’ in front of an audience of 60 attendees at Gleebooks in Sydney. Here is the link to the video showing … Continue reading

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Ian Burnet: The Spice Trades’ untold stories —— from Tempo Magazine, September 8 2013

Very early on in his life, Ian Burnet knew he was destined for a life of adventure. Growing up in a small isolated country town in his native Australia instilled in him an obsessive ambition to get out of town … Continue reading

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