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By Helen Schreider, Frank Schreider

Because the day of the conquistadors, the Amazon has lured explorers and adventurers. Many have left documents in their stories, yet few debts are so jam-packed with the exceitement of discovery as Exploring The Amazon, a stirring tribute to the braveness of its authors. one other nationwide Geographic treasure.

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You are going to research speedy. in the end, Spanish is just Portuguese badly spoken. " "By the way," he extra, "you'll desire a flag to your Amazon Queen. " He offered us with a vibrant new ensign —blue globe in a yellow diamond opposed to a eco-friendly historical past with Brazil's motto, Ordem e Progresso, "Order and Progress," and a celebrity to symbolize every one kingdom. Shaggy three-toed sloths, Bradypus tridactylus {opposite), idle in a Colombian grove; a few sloths spend years in one tree. An Indian lady upends a paca, Agouti paca (upper left); the rodent grows to approximately 30 inches lengthy. A swamp deer, Blastocerus dichotomus, steps down a Belem park direction. less than left, a cumbersome tapir, Tapirus terrestris — at approximately six hundred kilos the most important South American mammal—munches a mango. A piglike collared peccary, Tayassu taja^u, investigates an uncovered root. HELEN AND FRANK S(-HRE10E LOREN MclNTYRE f ^'% I "Unlike the other river on the planet— the Amazon is varied each trip," says Capt. Philip Baxter, whose sales space Line send M. V. Cyril (below correct) berths to tackle shipment at Leticia, the single Colombian port at the river. The leaky steamer Narino (bottom), not healthy for carrier at the Amazon, lies on a river terrace. The vendors deserted the craft in 1964. this day just a caretaker and his relations reside aboard. HELEN AND FRANK SCHREIDER (UPPER LEFT AND correct) AND LOREN MciNTYRE in a single vital admire loads of growth has come to the Amazon when you consider that Lieutenant Herndon traveled down the river. In his time the Amazon was once nonetheless closed to international vessels, and the yankee naval officer needed to trade his Peruvian-built craft for one in every of Brazilian building. A circus corporation, floating downriver on a raft made up of logs reduce in Peru, used to be compelled to construct a brand new raft of Brazilian logs. Such specifications led to 1866 with the outlet of the Amazon to vessels of all flags. notwithstanding, we came upon that little else had replaced. real, a number of the villages that Herndon defined as clusters of shacks have grown to cities of numerous thousand inhabitants, and electrical energy has come to a few and to others paved streets. yet even though a number of prosperous retailers zip round on motorbikes or in jeeps, most folk nonetheless eke out a negative life lumbering and accumulating Brazil nuts, smoking wild rubber, fishing, and roasting cassava to make farinha — the coarse meal with no which no Brazilian dinner is entire. the good improvement that Herndon so confidently estimated could come as soon as the Amazon used to be opened to overseas trade has but to be discovered. certainly, if we settle for Friar Carvajals account, lengthy stretches of the river-banks have been extra seriously populated in 1 542 than they're this present day: ".. . we observed the villages glimmering white, and we had now not proceeded some distance after we observed bobbing up the river a good many canoes, all outfitted for combating, gaily coloured, and [the males] with their shields on, that are produced from the shell-like skins of lizards and the hides of manatees and of tapirs, as tall as a guy, simply because they conceal them fullyyt.

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