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Terraced Hillside Ready for Planting of Rubber Trees at Fordlandia, Brazil, 1931

Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department1931-08-15

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

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.

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  • Title: Terraced Hillside Ready for Planting of Rubber Trees at Fordlandia, Brazil, 1931
  • Creator: Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department
  • Date: 1931-08-15
  • Location: United States, Michigan, Dearborn, Brazil, Para, Belterra
  • Subject Keywords: Companhia Ford Industrial Do Brasil, Ford Motor Company, Plantations, Rubber industry and trade, Rubber trees, Photographic prints, Photographs
  • Type: Photographs
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Photographic print
  • Object ID: P.833.56511
  • Image ID: THF58179
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

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