And although it is well known that Westerners should thank China for the original cultivation of the tea tree, it is much less known that it was the Portuguese who inspired its popularity in England, particularly a Portuguese woman.Catalina de Braganza (daughter of King Juan IV of Portugal) won the hand of King Charles II of England. There were several aspirants, but with the help of an immense dowry that included money, spices, treasures and the lucrative ports of Tangier and Bombay, Catherine was the most apt to become queen

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