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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Spice′ Is′lands(

  1. Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: former name of the Moluccas.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Moluccas, Spice Islands(noun)

    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

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Spice Islands

    . See Moluccas.


  1. Maluku Islands

    The Maluku Islands or the Moluccas are an archipelago within Indonesia. Tectonically they are located on the Halmahera Plate within the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi, west of New Guinea, and north and east of Timor. The islands were also historically known as the "Spice Islands" by the Chinese and Europeans, but this term has also been applied to other islands outside Indonesia. Most of the islands are mountainous, some with active volcanoes, and enjoy a wet climate. The vegetation of the small and narrow islands, encompassed by the sea, is very luxuriant; including rainforests, sago, rice, and the famous spices—nutmeg, mace and cloves, among others. Though originally Melanesian, many island populations, especially in the Banda Islands, were killed off in the 17th century during the Spice Wars. A second influx of Austronesian immigrants began in the early twentieth century under the Dutch and continues in the Indonesian era. The Maluku Islands formed a single province since Indonesian independence until 1999, when it was split into two provinces.


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