In the 1930's
, Henry Ford
transplanted a tiny piece of America
—complete with picket fences, fire hydrants, poetry readings, square-dancing, and English-language sing-alongs—into the Amazon rain forest. Fordlândia
was to be the largest rubber tree plantation
on the planet (over 70 million rubber tree seedlings) providing material
for the millions of tires Ford Motor Company
needed. It flopped. So he tried again, downriver a bit, with Belterra
. It flopped, too. By 1945, Ford threw in the towel having lost over $20 million, or roughly $200 million in modern dollars.
posted by CodeBaloo
on Aug 21, 2006 -
Auto baron Henry Ford was a great entrepreneur and a peacemaker during the World World I era. In fact, he loved just about everyone. Everyone, that is, except for the Jews. Read his book
and find out how Anti-Semitism isn't just for white trash anymore.
posted by tdecius
on Aug 28, 1999 -