Tea got its most popular start when it became fashionable at the English court following the marriage of King Charles II of England to Catherine of Braganza, daughter of King John IV of Portugal, in 1662. 337 more words
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For All The Tea In China, by Sarah Rose.
In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make an illicit trip into the interior of China (territory forbidden to foreigners) to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. 169 more words