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Spice Islands

Silks for Silver: Saga of the Manila Galleons

Bob Schulman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Imagine it's the 16th century, and you're on a 2,500-ton Spanish super-galleon sailing off the Pacific coast of Mexico. You're on your way back from a long, dangerous voyage to Manila, where traders from Spain's conquered lands in the Americas.

My Trip to Zanzibar

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Traveling from Nairobi to Zanzibar is like traveling from New York City to Key West. Zanzibar is an island off the east coast of Africa. While it le...

Drink, Pray, Love: New Yorkers and Pacific Islanders Eschew Interference in Favor of Tolerance.

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Smucker

A strange tale from the remote Spice Islands seems oddly prescient today, particularly as I think of the cataclysmic violence that rocked New York City nearly nine years ago.

Columbus: Blundering into Immortality

Michael Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Kaplan

It is as well that Christopher Columbus was so sure of himself, because he was in many respects staggeringly incompetent. The very basis of his journey to the New World was a miscalculation.