Herbs and Spices

It is easy to understand why explorers wanted gold, silver, and jewels. But why did they want herbs and spices?

Spices were used to flavor foods. They were also thought to have curative powers – drugs of choice during the Middle Ages. Many herbs are still the basis of modern medicines. Seeking herbs and spices was like seeking the Fountain of Youth. Herbs and spices were thought to make a person younger, healthier, wiser, stronger, and happier. Here is a list of some of the important ones:

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