Saturday, January 8, 2011

Assam Discovered

Reading Roy Moxham's Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire...

From a missive of the East India Company's Tea Committee to the Governor-General of India:

The tea shrub is beyond all doubt indigenous to Upper Assam ... We have no hesitation in declaring this discovery, which is due to the indefatigable researches of Captain Jenkins and Lieutenant Charlton, to be by far the most important and valuable that has ever been made on matters connected with the agricultural or commercial resources of this empire. We are perfectly confident that the tea plant which has been brought to light, will be found capable, under proper management, of being cultivated with complete success for commercial purposes, and that consequently the objects of our labours may be before long fully realized.

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