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Giovanni Zanchi arrived to Ecuador’s coast during the early 1900s where he founded his own plant for the production of tagua buttons. At that point the exports of tagua increased steadily reaching around 40,000 tons per year in the 1920s and 1930s.  From around the time of great depression to the end of the second World War, over 20% of the buttons worn in America were made out of tagua. For years the uniforms worn by U.S soldiers had tagua buttons on them.

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