Brazil: Lust for Territory

Brazil boasts the largest supply of uncultivated, uninhabited and cheap land left anywhere in the world. Its vastness stretches from the rugged jungles of Amazonia southward to the plains of the state of Goias, where the sky is so immense that half a dozen thunder storms can often be seen brewing in it while the sun shines. For years, the gov ernment has offered ten-year tax exemptions on some land and various other lures to attract settlers to the country's largely undeveloped interior. The drive has also attracted hundreds of Grileiros (land grabbers),...

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