The reign of tin came to an end in the early 1970's with a crisis on the international metals market. Surprisingly, considering the damage that had been wrought over the preceding decades by tin mining and rubber farming, Phukets natural beauty and charm had been only slightly dimmed
French, Dutch and English traders competed for trade in the Island of Phuket in the 1680s. For a time, the island was known as Junkseilon. Tin was the most valuable item for trade and in 1680, a ship full of tin left Phuket owned by the French East India Company.