Movement of "Tea" & "Cha" Around the Globe

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Simeon Netchev
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published on 14 April 2022
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This map shows the phenomena of the movement of tea, and what it's called around the globe. Around the world, there are mainly 2 root words for tea, 'te' and 'cha', and both of these come from China. Where the use of ‘cha’ occurred through land trade, primarily along the Silk Road, the name ‘te’ spread through sea trade primarily by the Dutch traders who were bringing tea to Europe. Regions in the world where tea grows naturally often have their own word for tea which has not derived from the Chinese.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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Netchev, S. (2022, April 14). Movement of "Tea" & "Cha" Around the Globe. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Netchev, Simeon. "Movement of "Tea" & "Cha" Around the Globe." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 14, 2022.

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Netchev, Simeon. "Movement of "Tea" & "Cha" Around the Globe." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 14 Apr 2022. Web. 21 Jul 2024.