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Title:City of The Forest, Paris of the Tropics, and Rubber Capital of the World
Author(s):Rezende Da Silva De Sant'ana, Thais
Subject(s):History
Abstract:Manaus is located in the heart of the world’s largest rainforest. With more than 2 million inhabitants, it is the most populated city in the Amazon, the seventh most populated in Brazil, and has been ranked the largest economy in the country’s Northern region. My dissertation asks that we turn our attention to the intersections between commodity cycles, state projects, and population growth in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Manaus as a key part of understanding the processes that helped transform this city into the most important urban center of an entire region. The late nineteenth century and early twentieth century rubber-boom brought rapid economic and population growth to Amazonian port societies. The Amazon Opera House, with its large dome painted in Brazil’s national colors (yellow, green and blue), was built during this period in which rubber exports increased exponentially in the region, and helped finance modernizing initiatives in the city. Competing and contradictory ideals of development, including the ones that inspired the construction of the Opera House, gave Manaus the monikers “City of the Forest,” “Paris of the Tropics” and “Rubber Capital of the World;” some of their effects are still visible in the city’s landscape today.
Issue Date:2020
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URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/106847
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Thais Rezende Da Silva De Sant'ana
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-04-15


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