Ataste Of History


Vasco de Gama claims a monopoly of pepper for the Portuguese


Ponce de Leon becomes governor of Puerto Rico

The Spice of Life

Spices today are plentiful and are used mostly as flavorings. However, throughout most of history, spices were a luxury. Pepper was once so expensive that it was sometimes used as currency to pay taxes. The search for better routes to spice-rich lands led to an era of great exploration and expansion. European countries even fought spice wars for control over these precious spices.

History Application

Research the European countries that dominated the spice trade and the routes their explorers took. Draw a map of the routes that the main spice traders took.

NCSS III I People, Places, and Environments Describe and assess ways that historical events have been influenced by, and have influenced, physical and human geographic factors in global settings.

temperatures between 50°F (10°C) and 70°F (21°C). Do not expose stored herbs to heat, light, and excess moisture. This can weaken their flavor. As dried herbs age, they naturally lose their flavor.

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