By contrast with other areas, the far north took to tea, and stayed with it. The Inuit discovered the drink at the beginning of the century with the arrival of the first whaling boats that traded tea, sugar, alcohol and other goods, for furs. This trade was systematized under the Hudson's Bay Company. Up until then, the Inuit drank nothing but water obtained by melting snow. Tea was a veritable revelation for them, and they drank large quantities of it. It is even said that after drinking the tea, they ate the leaves for desert.
©1996: Centre d'histoire de Montréal
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