The British are famous for their love of tea. This love took hold in the eighteenth century, primarily through imports from China. British imports of tea stood at five chests in 1684, reaching 400,000 pounds in 1720. How much had it reached by the year 1800?

Answer: British imports of Chinese tea grew over fiftyfold to 23 million pounds.

Source: Cambridge History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

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