Tin in International Metallic Diplomacy: Case Study One1

  • Emiko Atimomo


Since the bronze age, tin has been known as one of the best non-ferrous metals. It is unique in the sense that when it coats a piece of steel electrolytically, it is resistant to rust and acids. New uses for tin have been discovered in some fields of application such as cast-iron and steel, electroplated coatings, plastics, paints, industrial fungicides, disinfectants and agriculture.2 From time immemorial, the Royal Duchy of Cornwall in the United Kingdom is considered to be the Mecca of those who were interested in the tin industry. Prospecting started there probably 2,000 years before the occupation of Great Britain by the Romans in 55 sc. Much had also been said about it after 1066 in various official documents and towards 1198 black tin was said to have been refined. Cornwall was therefore the principal source of supply at the middle of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.


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