The sultans of Ternate, Tidor, and Amboina were especially powerful, and the islands they ruled the most rich and productive.
However, Carleton again pressed for the punishment of the perpetrators of "the foule and bloody act" of Amboina.
Once every year the Dutch have to send a large force from Amboina on the following business, about the 20th of October.
The island of Amboina, near Ceram, is about forty leagues in circuit, and gives its name also to some other small adjacent isles.
Here pirates landing, Serrão and his men took possession of their boats and thus reached Amboina in safety.
We were forced therefore to leave this unfriendly place, and to attempt going to Amboina, if the wind would serve.
They kept company with us till we came near Amboina, for which place they stood in, while we continued our course.
As we entered the harbour of Amboina, we met two Dutch ships coming out, laden with cloves and bound for Batavia.
Thus cloves were specially cultivated at Amboina; nutmegs in the Banda islands.
The island of Amboina produces beavers, hogs, and deer, besides other animals.