In the 18th century, Madeira became famous as an exporter of what?

Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz:  In the 18th century, Madeira became famous as an exporter of what?

A Textiles
B Coffee
C Wine

Madeira is a fortified wine that ranges from sweet to dry. Its distinctive taste derives from the archipelago’s history as a major stopover for explorers beginning around 1500. To prevent their wine from spoiling, the ships’ crews added neutral grape spirits. Then, on the long sea voyages to the East Indies or the Americas, the wines endured excessive heat and rocking in the ships’ holds, which transformed the flavor of the wine. Eventually, this flavor became coveted, and producers started mimicking these conditions on land, methods still practiced today.

The correct answer is Wine.

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