The Colonists Love of Tea

Did you know that tea was first introduced to England in 1661? And by 1770, everyone in the British colonies was drinking tea. Among the common kinds of tea were singlo, hyson, bohea, congou, and souchong. This tea was so cheap that anyone in England could afford to drink it. The culture and trinkets associated with tea were also very important… the kinds of teacups and teapots were often shown off. So much so that colonists and the English would often throw tea parties to show off their tea-ware.

A colonial teapot! Many Bostonians would have had teapots like this.

A colonial teapot! Many Bostonians would have had teapots like this.

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