Nick JenkinsHistory 1112Professor Taylor-Lewis 19 October 2012The Opium WarsDuring the early 1830's China had a booming economy, was in a time of peace and had just been introduced to large quantities of a drug called opium, thanks to the massive amount of trade with England. They had had opium in China for many years, but only until no did they have it in such large quantities. The Chinese enjoyed this new product very much and the fact that it was so cheep and readily available made the demand for this drug skyrocket. Little did the chinese people know that the entire country would soon be addicted to this product. The late 1830's and early 1840's was a far more different story however, and the beloved opium they treasured so much would betray them and plunge them into war.Before the Opium Wars even began in the year 1839, a Chinese commissioner by the name of Lin Tse-Hsu was given an order to write a letter to the queen of England at the time, Queen Victoria.