Maria Luiza Ugarte Pinheiro
This article examines the composition of urban workers in the Amazon port of Manaus during its most dynamic modernising period of the rubber boom (1880-1920), with particular reference to the different, and polarised, roles played by migrant Portuguese and English, with the Portuguese often working for British companies. Emphasis is particularly placed on activities carried out by dockers and other port workers in the harbour area, as well as interactions between the Portuguese and British and their relationships with the “rubber city” and its other inhabitants. The article considers the segregation that occurred and the stereotypes that resulted from this.
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