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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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The (almost) Forgotten Founder of Singapore

I posted the following blog about William Farquhar and Singapore a year ago. I have always been surprised by the lack of recognition in Singapore for its co-founder William Farquhar. Please correct me if I am wrong but I cannot … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Founder of Singapore

I have always been surprised by the lack of recognition in Singapore for its co-founder William Farquhar. Please correct me if I am wrong but I cannot find a street or place named after him anywhere in the city. In … 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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‘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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‘East Indies’ —- Spices, Gunpowder and Opium

Copies of ‘East Indies’ have arrived and there is nothing more exciting than holding the final result of five years work in your hands. The books should be going out to the bookshops in the next few weeks and there … Continue reading

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‘East Indies’ goes to press

After 5 years of research, writing and rewriting, the next book ‘East Indies’ has gone to the printers and is due back towards the end of August. It is in the same hardcover format as ‘Spice Islands’ with 224 pages … Continue reading

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