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Ten random things: June 10

Ten people mentioned in Nathaniel's Nutmeg or, the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton:

  1. Thomas Harwood, English seaman
  2. Sir Dudley Carleton, English diplomat
  3. James I, King of England, Ireland and (as James VI) Scotland
  4. William Barentsz, Dutch navigator and explorer
  5. François I, King of France
  6. Thomas Tucker, English seaman
  7. Sir Henry Middleton, English captain
  8. Steven van der Hagen, Dutch captain
  9. Gerardus Mercator, Flemish cartographer
  10. Pierre Jeannin, French statesman

I spent most of yesterday at a local elementary school, working as an election officer for the Democratic primaries. Anticipating (and experiencing!) a slow day, I took with me five Sunday New York Times crosswords (one of which, coincidentally, also mentioned James I, clued as "England's first Stuart king") and a book, the aforementioned Nathaniel's Nutmeg. The book is not quite as interesting as I'd hoped. Up to the point I've reached, it's been pretty repetitive: a trade expedition to the East Indies is mounted; horrible things happen. However, the title character, Nathaniel Courthope, has just come on the scene so perhaps things will get more interesting from here on out.

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