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

  • Formerly Spice Islands (spīs)Moluccas A group of islands of eastern Indonesia between Sulawesi and New Guinea. Discovered in the early 16th century, the islands were settled by the Portuguese but taken in the 17th century by the Dutch, who used them as the basis for their monopoly of the spice trade.

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  • proper n. An archipelago in Indonesia.

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  • 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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