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Spices: trading for spices in Asia

Created: 05.09.11

The Portuguese and Dutch were the first Europeans to trade with the East Indies by sea in the 1500s. They sailed to Indonesia and to southern India in search of pepper and other spices. These luxuries were in huge demand in Europe. The Dutch became the most successful European spice traders. The English East India Company was set up to challenge their dominance.

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