The Europeans came all the way to India for the spices!! Once they discovered India and its spices the course of history changed for everyone! It brought about a fusion of the east and the west in a very complicated and intricate manner. The world has never been the same again! The black pepper from Kerala is still one of the best in the world! Black pepper was so expensive in europe once that people preferred to be paid in black pepper! I suppose it had to be brought all the way from places like Kerala . Perilous journeys and risks were taken to acquire it!