Fort Nassau Nutmeg Trade Site (IMAGE) University of Washington Caption Benteng (Fort) Nassau was built in 1609 and was the first Dutch fort built on Banda Naira Island, the main island of the Banda Islands, part of Maluku in Indonesia. It was built to control the trade of nutmeg, which was only available from the Banda Islands at the time. Credit Andrew Lawless Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.