Plant native to Central America and the West Indies. It has the combined flavor of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, giving it its name.
The front of a ship or boat.
Conceived a plan to sail WEST in order to reach the EAST.
One of the oldest recorded spices, it was in use in 3000 B.C. Mesopotamia. It is the inner bark of an evergreen tree, which is stripped and the dried in the sun. It is used as a seasoning, perfume, preservative.
Flower of a tree picked before it opens and dried in the sun. It had medicinal value because it can numb skin and be used for tooth aches. It was used to make an air freshener, known as a pomander.
Chocolate. Columbus knew the natives used the bean as money. It was not until Cortez brought back sacks from the Aztec civilization that the Spanish learned how to make chocolate.
Originally from Ethiopia, Africa, these beans are fermented, dried, and roasted. The beverage was created by people on the Arabian Peninsula.
American crop that would become very important in feeding farm animals back in Europe.
Indicates magnetic north.
To be the first to find out, or see something.
The imaginary line running east/west around the world midway between the North and South Poles. The equator divides the earth into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.
To travel in a region that was previously unknown or little known in order to learn about its natural features and inhabitants.
Popular trading item in the Americas.
This plant root has a hot (spicy) sensation. We see it fresh in markets but explorers shipped it dried or crystallized. It is the underground stem of a plant originally from China.
The northern or southern half of the earth as divided by the equator or the eastern or western half as divided by a meridian.
The distance north or south of the equator, expressed in degrees (0-90). On a map or globe, latitude lines are drawn running east and west.
The distance east or west of the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, England, expressed in degrees (0-180). On a map or globe, longitude lines are drawn running north and south.
The art of guiding a vessel from place to place safely.
An imaginary line connecting the North and South Poles which runs through Greenwich, England.
Originally from Mali, was used to draw moisture out of meat to preserve the food in times before refrigeration.

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