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What we did for rubber

by Adam Courtenay

BLOOD RUBBER - HOW THE AMAZON DIED tells the extraordinary story of one of the blackest episodes in Amazonian history, known as the Putumayo Affair.

In 1907, Walter Hardenburg, a young American explorer and engineer, was canoeing down a meandering tributary of the Amazon, in search of adventure.

Instead, he came upon the rubber plantations of Julio César Arana, who routinely enslaved the native people, and flogged, raped and tortured to death any who resisted.

Hardenberg vowed to seek justice for thousands of victims of the Putumayo atrocities, and to publicise the destruction of their lives and culture across the world. This is the story of how he did it.

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