Tea

Tea Podcasts Parts 1 & 2

Throughout history, the commodity of tea has withstood the hands of time.  Tea has been manipulated and recreated by several different cultures throughout the years, yet it is still loved around the world today.  Tea began its story by being used for religious rituals in religions like Buddhism. Today, on the other hand, it is more of a social drink; tea is enjoyed while socializing with friends, family, or even by yourself.  Even though some people have not had the pleasure of tasting tea for themselves, one can still recognize the relevance of tea in societies across the globe.  Tea originated in China nearly 4000 years ago.  It was discovered by a man named Shen Nung and quickly spread through all of China. Tea continued its journey all the way across the rest of the continent and also the Atlantic Ocean, ending up in the United States of America. This commodity of tea brought joy to each culture it passed through.

Each country chose to seize the opportunity to indulge in this new commodity in their very own ways.  After tea spread from China to the United States of America, many events took place that led to concerns throughout not only America, but also the world as a whole.  The occurrences that took place between the British and American Colonists were among some of the most relevant incidents relating back to this commodity.  These two independent cultures sparked the American Revolutionary War through many heinous crimes and endurances, one of which includes the Boston Tea Party.  The American Revolutionary War was just one of countless important things that happened during the many years tea was in the spotlight.

Emily Mixon, Tia Goglio, Ali Joaquin, and Krista Schuetzle

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