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October 2015

History of Rubber

10-22-2015

In its native regions of Central American and South America, rubber has been collected for a long time. Mesoamerican people (which include Aztecs, Olmecs, and Mayans) were making rubber over 3,000 years ago. By mixing milky-white sap, known as latex, from Rubber tress with juices from morning glory vines, they formed a solid that was unexpectedly, rather sturdy. Civilizations used rubber for balls, containers, strips to hold stone and metal tools, and even understood the use for water-resistant clothing.