“For all the Tea in China -How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History
” as the subtitle foreshadows the story already. Before I had even read the book I assumed it
would be a journey of betrayal, action and only closed off to the events that occur re's as Robert
Fortune underhandedly takes china's precious tea right from underneath they're own noses.
But little did I know that it Sarah Rose has incorporated all the events essential to the to
cultivation of tea in the mid Nineteenth-century. In Audition to this Historical non-fiction story that
may be boring to others, or as one of my fellow classmates would put it “I've been spacing out
throughout the book” I Believe that Sarah Rose Has painted a Vivid image of the nineteenth century,
with out a single page, paragraph, or sentence wasted with unnecessary knowledge to the reader's view
from how the Royal Horticultural Society of England and the East India Company affected England's
economy, traditions were also created based off of tea shipment such as the Annual Tea race. And how
World Changed England's East India Company to officially close down.
Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and world's best plant hunter, famously known for
his The British tea Heist which Sarah Rose writes passionately and was inspired by Scott Anderson in
this book, and in audition famous for bringing back and documenting new oriental plants from China
to England. Such as lovely tree peonies, and the uniquely streaked ornamental plant Hosta
Fortunei. which was named after Robert fortune himself along with some other oriental plants found
under his own travels not during the multiple expeditions he was sent to do by the East India
Company. Fortune while undergoing the process in sending India seeds that are healthy and
germinated..... but how?Fortune had realized that transporting the seeds in side package's while
shipped doesn't stop the life cycle so the seeds that were in anything but soil were unsuccessful
because the environment was unsuitable for the next step of its life which was the sapling. Buy having
the tea seeds in the layers of soil and in the warden cases protected from sea spray forced the seeds to
germinate with little watering because, of the warden cases the water that evaporated would just
collect and drop back to the tea plant because of the morning due. Which has never been done before
and changed the way of transporting seeds across seas for decades to come, and also solved the
problem of transporting larger plants such as towering red woods and,England were now able to
transport a whole species in there easy to tend to seed forms.
The reason why Fortune had to take on this task of stealing China's tea secret was because. In
the early nineteenth century China and Britain had a shaky relationship of trading England's opium
that China was so addicted to for they're finest tea which grew high among the finger like mountain
karsts of Wuyi in the Fujian provenances. But it was China who Threaten to grow and sell there own
opium, and Britain couldn't let that happen because England relied on that finance to fund there tea
budget And so if China wanted to play that way so will the British, therefore they sent Fortune.
Poorer Qualities of tea already existed trying to compete with china's finest tea in the
Experimental grounds a part of the Himalayas in India run by the British. But could not
duplicate the process of making tea itself or how its grown with out the precious knowledge china was
keeping from them world. When Fortune succeeded it had Put Britain at the center of trade because
there companies would produce safer qualities of tea because the Chinese where slowly killing people
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