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ORIGIN OF "DRUGS"
"Drogas": Spanish for "drugs".
Nashville, TN, January 27, 2003 -- Back in The Netherlands'
Golden Age, a short period of time which lasted from a little before
1600 to a little after 1650, during which the money which forms
the basis of the leading families' wealth was made, the Dutch were
heavily involved in the spice trade. Going throughout the Eastern
world, Dutch ships would return to Amsterdam laden with spices,
most of which the Dutch have no use for.
Your basic Dutchperson
will use salt, pepper, cinnamon, a little nutmeg perhaps. Except
for the Indonesian and Surinamese food incorporated into the cuisine
mostly after the Golden Age, the Dutch diet remains rooted in North
Sea herring, produce from truck farms, and dairy, with the occasional
meat, wursts leading the pack. So the Dutch didn't bring these spices
back for their own consumption, but for warehousing and subsequent
Anyway, spices: In order to be kept from spoiling, spices must be
dried. Most of the spices coming into port had been dried at their
points of origin making them easier to transport since they did
not weigh so much when dry, but they picked up some moisture on
the trip back, which meant they had to be re-dried. So that the
Dutch in Amsterdam developed a technology to handle just that. Now,
when we think of spices, we think of cinnamon, peppers, curry, those
sorts of things, which the Dutch sailors brought back in large quantities
for redistribution. And this sea-trade formed the basis of much
of the wealth of today's Netherlands. Among the items brought back
was, no surprise, opium, which also had to be dried.
There were a lot of
privateers in those days. Pirates. English pirates, Spanish pirates,
Dutch pirates. And this was the deal: if a privateer agreed to turn
over a substantial amount of his booty to them, governments were
willing to shelter them while they made needed repairs to their
vessels, and came ashore swiving wenches and saying arrgh a lot.
The Dutch got real good
at the privateering game. So good that the Spanish, who were enslaving
the populations of the Americas while ripping off aboriginal gold
to ship back to THEIR Royal Person began to feel the pinch. The
Dutch had to fight an eighty-year war to get their own back. There
was a lot of religiosity thrown in there, too, as the Spanish were
catholics and the Dutch, at least in the North, were protestants.
And in point of fact, much of the war with the Spanish was fought
during the Golden Age. It was fought, though, in the inland provinces
and to the south of the Maritime Provinces, which are those that
include North Holland, South Holland and Zeeland.
Well, during this time the Spanish were brought into actual more
or less honest seafaring, including the spice (and dope) trade,
having pretty much depleted South America of its Incan gold.
They picked up some Dutch terms in this process. One of these terms
was the Dutch root word for the process of drying spices. The Dutch
word for "dry" is "Drogen", which later became
the Spanish word for dope, "Drogas". And of course which
later would become our word for dope, "Drugs".
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