Another accident, this one just a random release in Bay Area, California.
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Monarchical exploits initiated global shipping institutions. Monopolization and institutionalization expanded all around the world. The sun never set on the British Empire and other European monarchies violently tried to keep up. The world was becoming globally interdependent with global institutional entities.
To question the authority of oligarchical institutions was a veritable death sentence in most places. To suggest that their power was not absolute and not absolutely derived via God, could get one absolved of life. Yet people the world over began to question. At first in whispers over tea and eventually people boldly and loudly questioned the institutions among them. People broke free from the shackles of fear holding their tongues.
FACT: Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant. In small doses it can have a positive effect on one's physical performance and stimulate mental focus. It also produces faster reaction time and heightened short-term memory.
It is hypothesized that caffeine and the cafe were essential in the advent of free thinking and open communication of enlightened ideas, ideas of liberty. The cafe provided just the right stimulant, in just the right environment to enable discussion of questions. The cafe was a gathering place for the community to come together and communicate. The cafe may have been the first place where people openly proclaimed their resentment of monopolization and special privileges of the royalty, nobility and clergy.
3000 BC: Chinese began steeping and drinking tea. Yerba mate and cocoa consumed by South Americans for unknown thousands of years.
~1500 AD: The Sufis began to drink coffee to stay awake and meditate.
December 1600: Queen Elizabeth I commissioned The British East India Company for expeditions to Asia. They were to seek out the best tea, opium and other spices to bring back to the British Isle. For years tea is so expensive only royalty partakes.
1601: The Company embarked as the world's first multinational corporation. It extorts, enslaves, and murders for profit until 1858.