Nutmeg is a spice made from the seeds of a tropical evergreen tree, Myristica. Today, nutmeg is grown and produced in tropical locations from Indonesia to the West Indies. In the 1600s, however, the nutmeg tree only grew in Indonesia’s Banda Islands.Plot the route of 17th-century merchants with our geo-tour of the nutmeg trade, then watch our video, from the National Geographic Channel’s series “Eat: The Story of Food.” Learn how Dutch traders ruthlessly controlled the nutmeg trade—and helped shape the American cultural landscape in the process.Note: Be sure to click the “i” on every bookmark for important informational text in the geo-tour!
Read through our “geo-tour” of the nutmeg trade. Based on the climate conditions necessary for the cultivation of the nutmeg tree, what countries do you think are the top nutmeg, mace, and cardamom producers in the world? (Some of them are listed in the geo-tour!)
Read through our “geo-tour” of the historic nutmeg trade. What elements of modern society did the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) introduce?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry cultural landscape Noun
human imprint on the physical environment.
tree that does not lose its leaves.
person who sells goods and services.
path or way.
part of a plant from which a new plant grows.
tasty and aromatic plant substances used in cooking.
buying, selling, or exchanging of goods and services.
existing in the tropics, the latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.