The Great British Tea Heist | History | Smithsonian Magazine

I am currently fascinated by the story of Robert Fortune. “[He] was a Scottish gardener, botanist, plant hunter – and industrial spy. In 1848, the East India Company engaged him to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China – territory forbidden to foreigners – to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea.”

Botanist Robert Fortune traveled to China and stole trade secrets of the tea industry, discovering a fraud in the process
— Read on www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-great-british-tea-heist-9866709/

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