This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. In the 1660s, Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade." WikiCommons hide caption

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Julia Child's reassembled Thanksgiving turkey. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Harried Thanksgiving cooks can save time by roasting a turkey breast, rather than an entire bird, for the holiday meal, says cookbook author Katie Workman. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Thanksgiving gets a lift from kimchi, the fermented cabbage found on the Korean table. TheDeliciousLife/Flickr.com hide caption

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