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Summer, 2005 Newsletter - Homepage
  Introduction: "The Struggle over Camellia Sinensis"

   Tea was first introduced to Europe by the Dutch in 1610. Soon thereafter, there was sufficient demand for the product to warrant the allocation of precious cargo space of each ship leaving China to a small quantity of tea. Largely due to the aggressive marketing practices of the British East India Company, tea soon became a hallmark of English refinement. It was only a matter of time before tea would become the most important cargo of the China trade. The resultant imbalance of trade threatened the economic stability of the British Empire. By the beginning of the nineteenth century it was obvious that a stable source of tea, under the control of the English, would be an absolute necessity. The objective was obvious, but the direction was unclear.

Read Part 2: Tea Consumes India.

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