Publisher description for For all the tea in China : how England stole the world's favorite drink and changed history / Sarah Rose.


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A dramatic historical narrative of the man who stole the secret of tea from China

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 a clandestine trip into the interior of China-territory forbidden to foreigners-to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China-a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.

Disguised in Mandarin robes, Fortune ventured deep into the country, confronting pirates, hostile climate, and his own untrustworthy men as he made his way to the epicenter of tea production, the remote Wu Yi Shan hills. One of the most daring acts of corporate espionage in history, Fortune's pursuit of China's ancient secret makes for a classic nineteenth-century adventure tale, one in which the fate of empires hinges on the feats of one extraordinary man.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Tea trade -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Tea trade -- China -- History -- 19th century.
Tea -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Tea -- China -- History -- 19th century.
Fortune, Robert, -- 1813-1880 -- Travel -- China.
Spies -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Business intelligence -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
East India Company -- History -- 19th century.
China -- Description and travel.
Himalaya Mountains -- Description and travel.