The Queen and Tea


" When Charles II reclaimed the throne of england in 1661 he was in need of a wife, a queen, and money. Luisa de Guzmao the regent queen of Portugal, promised her twenty three years old daughter, Catherine of Braganza, would provide him all three.

She brought to England the custom of drinking tea and a dowry of $2,000.000 in hard currency, British trade privileges in the South America and the ports of Bombay in Asia and Tangier in Africa.
It was the largest dowry, in the history of Europe. "


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