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September 02, 2003

Borobodur

Time Asia Magazine updates earlier reports on London trader Philip Beale's attempt to recreate an ancient Javanese sailing vessel and its voyages:

"We're following the ancient Cinnamon Route," he says proudly, seated atop a coil of rope in the ship's bow as it skims across the Java Sea. "Indonesian ships sailed it thousands of years ago, bringing the spices of the islands to Africa and returning with iron, luxury goods such as ivory and leopard skins, and slaves. It was the beginning of global commerce."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 2, 2003 09:33 AM