Photographer's Note

This 1.5 million city lies along the north bank of the Negro River,(Rio Negro) 11 miles (18 km) above its confluence with the Amazon. It is located 900 miles (1,450 km) inland from the Atlantic coast in the heart of the Amazon rain forest. As a major inland port (reached by oceangoing vessels from the Atlantic) it is a collecting and distribution center for the river areas of the upper Amazon. Principal exports include rubber, Brazil nuts, rosewood oil, jute, and a host of minor forest products; cordage and coffee sacks are made from jute. Manaus' industries include brewing, shipbuilding, soap manufacturing, the production of chemicals, the manufacture of electronics equipment, and petroleum refining (the oil being brought by barge down the Amazon from Peru).

The first European settlement on the site was a small fort (São Jose do Rio Negrinho) built in 1669. A small settlement developed and in 1850 became the capital of the province of Amazonas. From 1890 to 1920 the rubber boom brought prosperity to the city, actually to a few rubber barons who brutally used Indians to collect the latex from the rubber trees. During this period the great Opera House was constructed. In the late 1970s the Brazilian government and private companies began extensive development the mineral and agricultural wealth of the surrounding rain-forested region. To encourage even further commercial and tourist development Manaus has also been declared a "Zona-Franca" (duty free zone). Billions of dollars worth of goods enter Manaus yearly for distribution to other parts of Brazil.

I took this picture in the morning of the day I arrived. The sky was gray and threatening rain and the river was black! It looks like a city devoid of color though its buildings have colors.

Also look at my postings in TrekLens Faces & Images of the Amazon River

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