History, Asia, Military Wars & Conflict, Maritime History and Piracy
Simon Pratt is a Construction Manager with passions for fortifications and exploring the world. He has lived in Asia, Europe and Africa, and is currently based in Sydney, Australia. A member of the Fortress Study Group and the Ordnance Society, he has written a number of articles on fortifications for specialist publications in Europe, Asia and the United States. Depending on the wind, you are most likely to find him cruising up or down the coast.
Books by Simon Pratt
Spice Islands Forts: An illustrated history and catalogue
Amazon Angus & Robertson Booktopia
Priceless nutmeg and cloves were for millennia only found on a scattering of active volcanos rearing up from equatorial seas at the far edge of the world; the Spice Islands of today's Indonesia.
The Portuguese were the first Europeans to put them on the world map in 1512. To warn off the Spanish, they soon built the first Spice Islands fort. The profits were immense for whoever controlled these Spiceries, and a century of conflict and fort building followed as local sultanates, the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Dutch and the English all fought for supremacy. The Spice Islands hold one of the greatest concentrations of colonial forts anywhere in the world.
Now the guns are silent, the galleons long sailed away. Many forts are ruined or lost forever. But across the spectacular islands, still thick with the scent of spices, many old ramparts and bastions remain as testament to an historic era of conflict.
Spice Islands Forts tells the story of these forgotten colonial outposts for the first time, and includes over 200 stunning photographs, historic maps and contemporary artwork, as well as a catalogue and useful tips for adventurous travellers.