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### Travel, Culture and Beyond: Brazil - Manaus Paris of the Jungle
* Evelyn Kelly
* 13-nov-18 to 13-nov-18
* 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In the late 1880’s with the advent of the automobile, the demand for rubber became overwhelming. Men came to the Amazon jungles to harvest the rubber trees. These men, known as the Rubber Barons, became extremely wealthy overnight. The city of Manaus was born as the port for exporting rubber latex. These wealthy barons built fabulous structures with all materials imported from the Europe. One of the major sites is the famous opera house, center of culture. It is said they were so wealthy that men lit their cigars with bills equivalent to $100; women refused to have their clothes washed in local water and sent them back to Europe to be laundered. Manaus, now a city of 2 million, is reviving and renovating the beautiful old structures. This city is a true world wonder and is the place of beginning a tour of the Amazon.
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