Henry Ford established Fordlandia and Belterra in the Brazilian rainforest to supply rubber for automobile production. He began shipping machinery and supplies to the Amazon in 1928. Ford paid the indigenous workers good wages and supplied various amenities -- he also imposed foreign work traditions and behavioral restrictions which the workers resented. The plantations failed and he disposed of the project in 1945.


  • Title: Burning 1000 Acres, Boa Vista, Brazil, 1933
  • Date Created: 1933-08-26
  • Location: Brazil, Boa Vista
  • Subject Keywords: Companhia Ford Industrial Do Brasil, Ford Motor Company, Deforestation, Fires (Events), Jungles, Rubber industry and trade, Photographic prints, Photographs
  • Type: Photographs
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Photographic print
  • Object ID: P.1514.34
  • Image ID: THF125600

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