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Brazil’s air travel industry is rooted in World War II disputes

The Americans and the Nazis fostered air travel companies in Brazil as a means to exert control over extended parts of the territory. And it happened under the auspices of the government of the time

Brazil’s air travel industry is rooted in World War II disputes
Varig airplanes at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, in 1986. Photo: Vidal Cavalcante/Folhapress

It is hard to overstate the impact that World War II had on Brazil. The country joined the Allies in 1942, in an effort that secured the country’s first fully-integrated steel manufacturer, refurbished railroads, left new modern airfields from North to South, elevated Brazil to a new standing in world politics, and set the groundwork for decades of economic development.

Brazilians know that the country owes the creation of its largest fully-integrated steel producer, CSN, to World War II. 

With the country coveted by both the Allies and the Axis due to its strategic position for the war in...

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