The Fight for Control of the Tagua Button in the World

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The Fight for Control of the Tagua Button in the World

The Zanchi family, one of the most prestigious Italian clothing manufacturers at the time sent one of its youngest members Giovanni Zanchi Pesenti to find the source of tagua. For 17 years they thought that tagua came from Africa since all the merchant ships stopped in Africa’s northern coast before making its way to Hamburg.  Mr. Zanchi’s perseverance helped him to finally find out that the actual source of vegetable ivory was actually South America and not Africa.