Worker with Rubber Tree, Fordlandia Plantation, 1934

Companhia Ford Industrial Do Brasil1934

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

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: Worker with Rubber Tree, Fordlandia Plantation, 1934
  • Creator: Companhia Ford Industrial Do Brasil
  • Date: 1934
  • Location: Brazil, Fordlandia
  • Subject Keywords: Companhia Ford Industrial Do Brasil, Plantations, Rubber industry and trade, Rubber plantation workers, Rubber trees, Photographic prints, Photographs
  • Type: Photographs
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Photographic print
  • Object ID: P.O.14726
  • Image ID: THF251984
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

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