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Excerpt from Practical Treatise on Caoutchouc and Gutta Percha: Comprising the Properties of the Raw Materials and the Manner of Mixing and Working Them; With the Fabrication of Vulcanized and Hard Rubbers, Caoutchouc and Gutta Percha Compositions, Waterproof Substances, Elastic Tissues, the Utilization of Waste, Etc
We have mentioned that the first information of caoutchouc came to us from South America. This was supplemented by the knowledge of an East Indian plant also furnishing it. Since then botanists have discovered a large series of plants furnishing the desired object.
Cultivation of caoutchouc plants extends over the entire tropical zone, and experiments in growing such trees have been crowned with complete success. While these trees ourish everywhere within the tropical zone, the tropical regions of America, East Indies, Java, Nubia, and Central Africa may be Cspecially named as the principal localities producing them. The greater portion of the entire world's pro duction of caoutchouc reaches England, where are to be found the largest manufactories for production of caoutchouc goods in Europe. France and Germany come next to England. And the consumption of caoutchouc is steadily increasing, as it is coming more and more into general use.
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