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Clitoria Ternate

Tidore - why the Portugese lost the spice wars, Clitoria's and Cloves

October 21st 2014
I know why the Portugese lost the spice trade to the Dutch. Because they built their forts entirely in the wrong spot and had to climb 161 stairs then a ladder to get to the bloody top so they were too exhausted to put any real effort into fighting. Ok granted they only had a very steep volcano to work with, unlike on Ternate where they grabbed one of the few bits of flat land, and strategicall ... read more
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Indonesian Flag The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
22nd October 2014

Exotic islands and flowers
How wonderful and refreshing to be on such a relatively untouched island! Curious of the clitoria flower, I looked it up and found that it was indeed named in Latin for its resemblance to a woman's clitoris and vagina by that Dutch East India botanist, and that in the vernacular of various languages, it also has the same meaning. It's quite beautiful!

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