The Brutal History Of Exploring The Amazon

For centuries, explorers have ventured into the unknown terrain of South America, and many have failed. What makes the Amazon so vicious?

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El Dorado Legend Snared Sir Walter Raleigh (nationalgeographic.com)
"The lust for gold spans all eras, races, and nationalities. To possess any amount of gold seems to ignite an insatiable desire to obtain more."

The Lost City of Z (newyorker.com)
"In the summer of 1996, rains flooded the Amazon, rendering it virtually impenetrable."

Brazilian Indians (survivalinternational.org)
"There are about 240 tribes living in Brazil today, totaling around 900,000 people, or 0.4% of Brazil's population."

Amazon (worldwildlife.org)
"The Amazon is a vast region that spans across eight rapidly developing countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, an overseas territory of France."