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They were the reason Christopher Columbus mistakenly 'discovered' the Americas. They were so valuable the Romans traded gold for them. They've been the cause of numerous wars and conquests. What is the mystery item? Spices, of course!
The fragrant yet diminutive morsels we call spices literally changed the world. Learn the basics of spice history in this cool infograph, which features the origins of well-known spices like cinnamon and black pepper, as well as the spice mixes used throughout the world. This enlightening spice infograph was created by Recipefinder.com.