The Olmecs, an indigenous tribe in what is now southern Mexico, invented rubber in 1600 BC. It was not until more than 3,000 years later that Charles Goodyear invented a process called vulcanization that made rubber commercially available.
Learn more about the Olmecs and rubber:
- Ancient History Civilization Encyclopedia
- How Natural Rubber is Made
- How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers by Andrew Terranova
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