The word 'copal' first appeared in the English language in 1577. John Frampton wrote "They doe bring from the Newe Spaine (Mexico) twoo kindes of Rosine... the one is called Copall." By the 18th century, Europeans found copal resin to be a valuable ingredient in making a good wood varnish. It became widely used in the manufacture of furniture and picture frames. By the late 19th and early 20th century varnish manufacturers in England and America were using it on train carriages, greatly swelling its demand.