So, it completely escapes me as to why I haven’t shared crab cakes up until now! Just ask anyone who’s ever gone to a restaurant with me. What I’m sharing with you today is one that captures the flavors of the incredibly good, my favorites, all in one.
The military prowess of Afonso de Albuquerque (1453–1515) allowed the Portuguese to take control of the sea routes to India.
In 1506, he took the island of Socotra in the mouth of the Red Sea and, in 1507, Ormuz in the Persian Gulf.
From the 8th until the 15th century, the Republic of Venice had the monopoly on spice trade with the Middle East, and along with it the neighboring Italian maritime republics and city-states. It has been estimated that around 1,000 tons of pepper and 1,000 tons of the other common spices were imported into Western Europe each year during the Late Middle Ages.
The value of these goods was the equivalent of a yearly supply of grain for 1.5 million people.
Arab merchants facilitated the routes through the Middle East and India.