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Fordlândia: Henry Ford’s failed Amazonian utopia

Fordlândia
Fordlândia is today a ghost town.
Fordlândia
Fordlândia is today a ghost town.  Photo: Ag.Pará

Rolling up the Rio Tapajós, one of the major tributaries of the Amazon River, is a peaceful yet monotonous journey. After passing the bustling city of Santarém at the river’s mouth, there is precious little else to see. To the west is the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve (known locally as Resex), while the Tapajós...

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