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3 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

Italian > English

Subject:

General

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

le sole delle spezie

Context:

Quando la loro conoscenza del Pacifico migliorò, progettarono di raggiungere per quella via le sole dell spezie, attraversando il Grande Oceano.

 

 

The answer of exegete  See profile was rated best

the Spice Islands

My comment:

"le sole dell spezie" (in source text) = le *i*sole dell*e* spezie (2 typos, not just 1!).

My references:

https://www.wordreference.com/iten/isola

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ocean :

"In 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed the **Pacific** East to West on a Spanish expedition to the ***Spice Islands*** that would eventually result in the first world circumnavigation.

Magellan called the ocean "Pacífico" (or "Pacific", meaning "peaceful") because after sailing through the stormy seas off Cape Horn, the expedition found calm waters."

Then you can read about further sailing expeditions to the so-called "Spice Islands" - apparently with capital "S" and "I" - after the first discoverers had explored and drawn maps of the area...