The Hemisphere: Turning on the Power

For all its political and economic disarray, Brazil remains a huge, vigorously growing nation that is learning to take advantage of its universal resources. One day recently, President Castello Branco flew 350 miles south from Brasilia to preside over two impressive ceremonies. At a construction site on the Rio Grande River in Minas Gerais, a mighty dynamite blast signaled the start of work on the Estreito Dam, which will generate 800,000 kw. of power when it is finished in 1969. A few hours later and 44 miles away, Castello Branco witnessed the completion of Latin America's biggest hydroelectric complex: the $186...

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