Like any modern commodity, the spice trade of the 16th century was a complex system. The Portuguese were never able to achieve the desired monopoly on this trade. In this episode, I provide an overview of the spice trade as it was under the Portuguese until the end of the 16th century.
Spices: A Global History by Fred Czarra
Spices, Scents, and Silk: Catalysts of World Trade by James Hancock
Map of the Spice Islands
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