Sir Henry Alexander Wickham is considered to be the father of the modern global Rubber industry. In 1875, Wickham took 70,000 seeds from the rubber-bearing tree, Hevea brasiliensis, in the Santarém area of Brazil, to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London. Seedlings were then shipped to tropical regions, such as Ceylon, which gave birth to the island’s famed rubber industry. Along with tea and coconut, rubber formed the bulwark of Ceylon’s plantation industry.
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