In my home, 'tis the season for lovely spicy treats, such as eggnog, pumpkin pie, and spice cake. One of the key ingredients? Nutmeg.
This seemingly-innocent spice, however, has a surprisingly unsavory history. When the Portuguese, Dutch, and British were fighting over the Spice Islands of what is now Indonesia, nutmeg was one of their major motivations. Who would have thought that a simple spice could inspire war and genocide?
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