The Forgotten Portuguese Empire Rules Spice Cabinets Everywhere

Jacqueline Raposo

The history of one of the world’s most extensive empires might be lost on a lot of people, but its impact is felt all over, especially in the kitchen. Many people don’t know that the Portuguese empire was the first global empire in world history, spanning six centuries, from 1415 through 2002. In the 16th century, the Portuguese dominated naval exploration and international commerce, opening the first marine trade routes between Europe and Asia and settling colonies...