Fordlandia, an Amazon dream - by Douglas Engle
By the late 1920s, the automobile tycoon Henry Ford decided to break the back of rubbery monopoly. His hundreds of thousands of new cars needed millions of tires, which were very expensive to produce when buying raw materials from the rubber lords established in the Amazon jungle . To that end, he established Fordlândia, a tiny piece of America which was transplanted into the Amazon rain forest for a single purpose: to create the largest rubber plantation on the planet. Though...