Ceylon Tea

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Before Ceylon (today Sri Lanka) became famous for its tea, the island was home to extensive cinnamon cultivation by the Dutch, starting in the eighteenth century. This was followed by the development of coffee plantations by the British in the nineteenth century. Around 1870 a fungal disease known as coffee blight resulted in a steep decline in coffee production. Coffee planters began growing tea instead, and by the end of the century, tea was the predominant crop.

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