Pepper is a unique luxury resource which appears only in one of the first three Indonesian cities built upon land other than the landmass their capital is on. As such, the resource appears straight into the city tile, is instantly accessed (doesn't need an improvement), and can never be lost because the city itself can never be razed.
Note that this resource overwrites the original resource on the tile (if any), so try not to settle these first three cities on top of other resources - you're going to lose these!
Pepper, in many forms, has been grown virtually everywhere in the world and used for millennia to season our food. Black peppercorns were found in the nostrils of Ramesses II, part of the mummification process. It has been used in Southeast Asian cuisine since the 2nd century BC. Archaeological finds indicate that various hot peppers were used by the Aztecs and Mayans in cooking. In Rome, so valuable was pepper that it was used as collateral for loans, and Attila demanded a ton of pepper to spare the city in the 5th Century AD. Pepper has justifiably been called the "king of spice."
|Civilization V Resources|
Citrus • Cloves • Cocoa • Copper • Cotton • Crab • Dyes • Furs • Gems • Gold • Incense • Ivory • Jewelry • Marble • Nutmeg • Pearls • Pepper • Porcelain • Salt • Silk • Silver • Spices • Sugar • Truffles • Whales • Wine