Documentary about Moluccas: The Spice Odyssey – The Moluccas Islands

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When the fifth centenary of the first trip around the world (1519-1522) is commemorated, the ultimate goal of which was to reach the Moluccas Islands and obtain access to the spices of these islands for the Spanish crown, the documentary The Odyssey of the Spices is presented. This historical documentary, off approximately 55 minutes, is a co-production of Atrevida Producciones and Radio Televisión Española aimed at recovering the memory and legacy, still present there five hundred years later of the presence of the first Europeans powers to arrive on the spice islands: Spain and Portugal. The shooting of images has been carried out entirely in the Moluccan islands of the north (Ternate and Tidore) as well in the south (Ambón and Banda). The documentary makes specific mention of the two endemic spices of the islands (cloves and nutmeg) that justified the frantic race of the European powers to control the monopoly of their market. The participation of renowned European historians, as well as Moluccans, including the Sultan of Tidore, provide a unique testimony about this epic odyssey. The documentary had received the endorsement of the Commission for the Commemoration of the V centenary of the first circumnavigation of the world.

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I am passionate about history, especially the history of geographical explorations and colonialism.