BRAZIL: Long Trail

In the best hammock that the remote town of Rio Branco could provide, lean Alexander Daveron relaxed and invited his soul. What he would do next he had no idea. But of one thing he was certain—mules would have no part of it.

Daveron's repugnance to mules had a foundation that was laid in 1942. That was the year the U.S. Rubber Development Corp., desperately trying to boost Amazonian rubber production for war, decided that the seringueiros (rubber workers) needed mules for jungle transportation, and bought 1,800 of them in Sao Paulo State,...

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