The Banda Archipelago is a cluster of 10 small Islands;
the main ones being: Banda Neira, Ai, Banda Besar, Run, Hatta, Gunung Api.
The Banda Archipelago, though little known today was once the world’s only supplier of nutmeg and mace. These spices were so priceless that the Dutch gave up the ownership of the small American island of Manhattan in exchange for the English held island of Run.
Nutmeg was the seventeenth century wonder-drug, more expensive than silver, more sought after than money, more coveted than gold.