Ambon, in the Maluku Islands, is one of the legendary Spice Islands that so fascinated early European explorers. Ambon was the center of the international clove trade from the 17th to the 19th century—a trade that the Dutch, English and Portuguese squabbled over. To protect their monopoly, the Dutch banned the planting of clove anywhere in the archipelago except on the nearby islands of Ternate and Tidore. The monopoly lasted until the advent of refrigerators and the successful planting of the s... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide.
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