Foreign News: Westward Brazil

Along the streams of the Amazon system that cut through the green, matted jungle, more than 14,000 Brazilians from drought-stricken areas were seeking a new world last week. Like the old pioneers of North America, they were the first of a great army marching westward to open an untouched land. The treasure they were seeking was one of World War II's most precious—rubber.

The search for rubber was the immediate stimulus of Brazil's great migration, but there was more behind it. The ultimate goal was to open and develop Brazil's western territories for future generations, possibly for thousands of impoverished emigrants from...

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