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Fordlandia

So I heard on the radio about a guy who wrote a book about Fordlandia. Apparently Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, decided that he wanted to create a rubber plantation in Brazil. He created his own American Utopia in the Amazon rain forest named Fordlandia. It had movie theatres, ice cream parlours and dance halls. A state of the art hospital even. There was somewhere around 5000 people living there at one time. Most of them were indigenous to the area. It finally collapsed due to various reasons including social as he tried to impose the "American dream" on the locals and they rebelled.

Below are a couple of links I found but there isn't much on it out there. Anybody else hear about this? Know where I can see more pics? I'm so intrigued!!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fordl%C3%A2ndia

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=596

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105068620

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