An account of the second voyage of the East India Company, to Bantam and the Moluccas in 1604 led by Henry Middleton (d.1613), whose instructions were to "trade for cloves, nutmegs, mace, cinnamon and raw silk, and to avoid encounters with the Portuguese" (Howgego). The voyage was considered a success, Middleton was knighted and plans were made for the next voyage.
"The most important feature of the book consists of three letters from the kings of Ternate, Tidore, and Bantam... [giving] evidence of England's new strategic position as a potential ally of native people against her European competitors, and with the narrative of the voyage, they confirmed England's opportunity for commercial expansion into islands hitherto in the preserve of the Portuguese and Dutch." (J. Parker Books to Build an Empire, Amsterdam, 1965, pp.176-178)
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