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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Moluccas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New Guinea; settled by the Portuguese but taken by the Dutch who made them the center for a spice monopoly, at which time they were known as Spice Islands


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  • In fact, the archipelago of Zanzibar is known as the Spice Islands.

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  • For the past year, the simmering battle in Indonesia's Maluku province -- formerly known as the Spice Islands -- has been virtually ignored.

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  • Ambon is both a city and a province in the Maluku islands, once known as the Spice Islands when the Dutch ruled the East Indies.

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  • Upon the heels of the Portuguese followed the Dutch, aiming like them at the Far East, more {p. 004} especially at what were then comprehensively called the Spice Islands -- the Moluccas.

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  • Indonesia is overwhelmingly Muslim, but Christians form the majority in parts of Maluku - known as the Spice Islands in colonial times - and other eastern regions. rss feed

  • A mix of African, Arab, Indian, and Asian history and culture, Zanzibar is still often called the Spice Islands along with the other nearby islands in the archipelago.


  • Modern-day visitors to what were then called the "Spice Islands," now part of Indonesia, are more likely to be divers than spice hunters, but the aquatic treasures awaiting them in the crystal-clear blue seas around the Banda Islands are still worth the journey.

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  • Magellan set forth on the seas to find a, you know, western route to the Spice Islands.

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  • This myth persisted in the Spice Islands -- as Dieter Bartels, a German anthropologist explained to me -- largely because islanders were "generally disinterested in dogma and ideology and relatively unaffected by, or even ignorant of, any historical enmity between Muslims and Christians" elsewhere on the globe.

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  • A strange tale from the remote Spice Islands seems oddly prescient today, particularly as I think of the cataclysmic violence that rocked New York City nearly nine years ago.

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