Exclusive Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea Excerpt and Discount

Chapter 2: NORTH AMERICA

Tea reached America with the Dutch in the 17th century, and when Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Amsterdam, surrendered Dutch settlements to the British in 1664, the new residents of renamed New York found tea well established amongst the town’s upper classes.After the quarrel with Britain over taxes that led to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, Americans vowed to give up tea, but instead, they established their own trade with China. On the 22nd of February 1784, The Empress of China, the first American vessel to be directly involved in that trade, set sail from New York for Canton. And with a burgeoning demand for green tea, merchants also began importing large amounts from Japan. French botanist André Michaux planted North America’s first Chinese tea seeds in South Carolina in 1795, and in the 1840s, Junius Smith planted bushes in South Carolina. In the late 1850s, the United States government hired Scottish botanist Robert Fortune to acquire more seed from China, and in 1858 and 1859, he dispatched seed from Hong Kong to the U.S.A.

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