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The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power and the obsessions of Henry Wickham

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In 1876, a man named Henry Wickham smuggled seventy thousand rubber tree seeds out of the rain forests of Brazil and delivered them to Victorian England's most prestigious scientists at Kew Gardens. Those seeds, planted around the world in England's colonial outposts, gave rise to the great rubber boom of the early twentieth century - an explosion of entrepreneurial and scientific industry that would change the world. The story of how Wickham got his hands on those seeds - a sought-after prize for which many suffered and ...

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The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power and the obsessions of Henry Wickham
2009, Duckworth

ISBN-13: 9780715637944

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