Who Invented Lead?
To get your answers, let's take a little trip. No, sorry, we're not going to Hawaii. We're going to a place in England called Borrowdale. In 1564, a nasty storm uprooted a tree, revealing deposits of a flaky yet solid black material in the ground underneath. The material looked like coal, but didn't burn like coal. However, metallurgists (people who specialize in metals) suspected it could be some kind of black lead. They gave it the name plumbago, which comes from the Latin word for lead, plumbum.