GKE1 Task 1
Geography and the Development/Diffusion of Human Societies
Mesopotamia is the first birthplace of civilization. The meaning of Mesopotamia is the land between two rivers. One of the main physical geographic factors to Mesopotamia is the River Valley which consist of the Tigris River and the Euphrates River These river are the source contributes to the way of life for the culture. They produce rich soil that is perfect for sustaining crops, fishing, and drinking water. They also provide a way to transferring products to one another. (Somo, 2013b) As the civilization grew the need for the rivers became more demanding. The need to domesticate plants and animals as well as instituting a new community. The fertile soil allow the Mesopotamia to flourish as farmers. With so much food to go around this help the population growth.
Diffusion of tea is a very interesting subject. There are so many speculations of where tea originated from. Some believe that tea originated from China around from Emperor Shen Nong (2737-2697 BC) where he was boiling water one day and leaves blew into the water turning it brown. The Emperor tasted it and found it had flavor and he felt a sign of relief, therefore, using tea as a medication. Another story is that Japanese say that tea started from a Buddhist who traveled to China and to stay awake he cut off his eyelids and threw them on the ground. From there tea plants grew and the leaves were drank. Somo. (2013) pg 14. The spread of tea is credited from the trading routes of Portuguese to the Dutch, Britain and the Western World. The British upper class drank to tea to show their social status but eventually grew so popular to it became more affordable to the lower class people. The replication of tea has transformed into a taste delight. There are all sorts of flavor of teas, such as white tea, yellow tea and green tea. The way tea is made has also been change thru cultures. The different types of methods...