How did foreign exploitation of Brazilian rubber impact the people of Brazil and its environment?
History of the Rubber Boom
The Amazonian rubber booms experienced high margins of production and profit, leading to increased wealth of foreign powers involved, as well as the Amazonian cities which served as trade epicenters.
United States Involvement
As shown in developments like Henry Ford’s Fordlandia and Belterra, United States imposed capitalistic techniques onto rubber plantations in the Amazon in order to extract economic and politcal benefits.
Impact on Workers and Environment
The Rubber Boom was a time in Brazilian history where workers were taken advantage of to the point of losing their lives. A vast amount of people moved to the Para region to have a new life. After the rubber boom such overpopulation will create an unexpected harm on the environment.