The Journey of a Lifetime: Exploring the Spice Islands of Indonesia
To begin to understand the rich history of Indonesia, one must explore some of its most remote islands. The 11 Banda Islands are located in the heart of Banda Sea, the deepest in Indonesia. Despite its remote location, European ships sailed there from the early 1500s in search of “Gold” (Nutmeg). The value of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC), which controlled these spices, was, in today’s currency, worth more than Apple Corporation today. These islands shaped the history of modern international trade.