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Essay heading: Rubber Boom Slavery
 
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Except, just knowing how to do it wasn't enough, they needed help, so they began enslaving the indigenous peoples who occupied much of the Amazon Basin and other surrounding areas populated with rubber trees. Slaves who extorted the rubber from these trees were known as "serengeiros" or more recently, "rubber tappers" (Russell-Wood)...
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Concurrent with the long history of slave treatment the serengeiros were subject to harsh working conditions and long hours for little or no pay. Although the sudden desire for this resource did bring economic prosperity to much of Brazil it also led to racial tension and intolerance between the European rubber barons and the natives who were subjected to derision...
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