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The Floating City of Manaus

This was licensed yesterday for worldwide use in a magazine or book. It is one from Margaret Folland’s travels around South America in the early 1960s.

To some this area of housing floating on the Amazon was a Brazilian Venice, to others it was a squalid slum. It grew following the decline of the rubber industry in the early part of the 20th century. Displaced Amazonian workers migrated to Manaus and for over 40 years this area provided low cost housing close to the city centre and very convenient for work and business related to river trade and fishing. It became something of a tourist attraction which no doubt is what led to this and other photos being taken c 1963. Others of Manaus are here.

During the later part of the 1960s the whole area was cleared to make modern river port facilities.

I am very pleased to have found this image and now for it to be published.

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