The Methuen Treaty of 1703 and the Popularity of Port Wine in England

TLDR The Methuen Treaty of 1703 between England and Portugal led to the popularity of port wine in England, with Portuguese wines accounting for two-thirds of all imported wines. This treaty was a significant factor in making Portugal an economic power in the 18th century.

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00:00 The popularity of port wine in England can be traced back to the Methuen Treaty of 1703, which led to the country seeking alternative wine suppliers due to their war with France.
03:20 The Methuen Treaty of 1703 led to the popularity of port wine in England, and the English began buying large quantities of port wine from Portugal.
06:19 By the 18th century, Portuguese wines, particularly port wine, accounted for two-thirds of all the wines imported into England, making Portugal a significant economic power.
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