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Columbus did bring this stuff back to Europe at the time of conquest, but somehow it must have been forgotten. Rubber starts from the sap of the rubber tree. The Maya would then mimic modern chemical process of vulcanization by mixing the sap with juiced morning glory. The first Spanish to witness bouncing balls figured they were inhabited by evil spirits.
Using the liquid latex like substance on animal hides created a waterproofing protectant. This luxury must have been underground until it was reinvented in the early 1800s; you may know the name Mackintosh. Scotsman Charles Macintosh was the re-inventor given the fame and acknowledgment. He also added the k.
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