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Nathaniel's Nutmeg

(1999)
How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
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Consider the humble jar of nutmeg pushed to the back of your kitchen cupboard, among all the other spices that you hardly ever use. Would you believe that nutmeg formed the basis for one of the most bitter international conflicts of the 17th century, and was also intimately connected to the rise to global pre-eminence of New York City? Strange but true; nutmeg was one of the most prized commodities in Renaissance Europe, and its fascinating story is told in Giles Milton's delightful book Nathaniel's Nutmeg.

The book deals with the competition between England and Holland for possession of the spice- producing islands of South-East Asia throughout the 17th century. Packed with stories of heroism, ambition, ruthlessness, treachery, murder, torture and madness, Nathaniel's Nutmeg offers a compelling story of European rivalry in the Tropics, thousands of miles from home, and the mutual incomprehensibility which often comically characterised relations between the Europeans and the local inhabitants of the prized islands.

At the centre of the story lies Nathaniel Courthope, a trusty lieutenant of the East India Company, who took and held the tiny nutmeg-producing island of Run in the face of overwhelming Dutch opposition for more than five years, before being treacherously murdered in 1620. Courthope's heroism led to the English taking the Dutch colony of Manhattan in revenge for the death of Courthope and the loss of Run. The subsequent peace deal between the two nations gave Holland Run and the British Manhattan; New York was born. As Milton wittily remarks, although Courthope's death "robbed England of her nutmeg, it gave her the biggest of apples".

Inevitably inviting comparisons with Dava Sobel's Longitude, Nathaniel's Nutmeg is a charming story, which throws light on a spicy, neglected slice of early Europe's fascination with the East. --Jerry Brotton



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Hardback Editions

July 2000 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-613-36544-5 / 978-0-613-36544-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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May 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed The Course Of History
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-374-21936-2 / 978-0-374-21936-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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March 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-340-69675-3 / 978-0-340-69675-0 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

June 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 1-250-06928-9 / 978-1-250-06928-3 (USA edition)
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July 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-14-029260-8 / 978-0-14-029260-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 2000 : UK Paperback

Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg - Signed Copy
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-340-82973-7 / 978-0-340-82973-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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December 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-340-69676-1 / 978-0-340-69676-7 (UK edition)
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July 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-7567-5877-7 / 978-0-7567-5877-6 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

November 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg
Author(s): Giles Milton
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November 2006 : Australia Audio edition
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November 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg
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November 2006 : UK Audio edition
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November 2003 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 1-84032-869-X / 978-1-84032-869-1 (UK edition)
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January 2002 : UK Audio CD

Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Nathaniel's Nutmeg Complete & Unabridged: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History (Isis)
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-7531-1147-0 / 978-0-7531-1147-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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May 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 1-84032-467-8 / 978-1-84032-467-9 (UK edition)
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July 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History (Isis)
Author(s): Giles Milton
ISBN: 0-7531-0952-2 / 978-0-7531-0952-6 (UK edition)
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : USA, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History
Author(s): Giles Milton
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April 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
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Publisher: John Murray
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April 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
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