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History Of Zinc
Discovered in 1746 by Andreas Marggraf, the word Zinc originated from the German word "Zink". Zinc was used in many elements before it became its own element. Zinc was used in wool, and was zinc ores were smelted to create copper.
Text and images from George Morrison Rolph, Something About Sugar: Its History, Growth, Manufacture and Distribution (1917), 128-133. (source)