1931 Newbery Medal Nominee
Magellan, da Gama, and other 15th-century explorers spring to life in this Newbery-honored tale of the race between Portugal and the Venetian Republic to control the sea route to India.
Spice and the Devil's Cave is a fascinating adventure tale of the rivalry between Arab traders, the city-state of Venice, and of the struggling nation of Portugal to dominate the spice trade by finding a new sea route to India by going around the "Devil's Cave" -- the Cape of Good Hope. In Lisbon, the workshop of Abel Zakuto, a Jew, becomes the meeting place for Vasco da Gama, Bartholomeu Dias, and Ferdinand Magellan to discuss their plans to find this sea route. How the Jews furthered the work of discovery plays a significant part in the story.
Hailed by The New York Times as "a colorful history" and "a vivid drama."
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Agnes Danforth Hewes (1874–1963) was born in Tripoli to missionary parents and her formative years in Lebanon inspired a lifelong love of foreign cultures. She was awarded the Newbery Honor for Glory of the Seas (1934) and The Codfish Musket (1937) as well as for Spice and the Devil's Cave (1931).
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Book Description Createspace Independent Pub, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 372 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.84 inches. In Stock. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 1494276143