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Fordlândia - Henry Ford's failed Utopian city of the future in Brazil
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Fordlândia - Henry Ford's failed Utopian city of the future in Brazil
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Henry Ford’s Foley - Fordlandia Fordlândia, Brazil Then and Now




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In the 1920s Henry Ford and his Ford Motor Company sought to build a tropical utopia in Brazil in order to produce their own rubber. At the time, the British had a monopoly on the industry. Over the course of a decade, Fordlandia suffered from pour soil, insect infestations, mismanagement, and unhappy workers and was moved further up river. Unfortunately, the entire project was a financial failure and was scrapped completely when synthetic latex was invented in 1945.

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Fordlândia
Village
Water tower and other building
The Fordlândia water tower, a recognizable symbol of the town and its history
Etymology: Namesake of American industrialist Henry Ford
Fordlândia is located in BrazilFordlândiaFordlândia
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 3°49′53″S 55°29′51″WCoordinates: 3°49′53″S 55°29′51″W
Country Brazil
State Pará
City Aveiro
Founded 1928
Population (2017)
• Total About 3,000[1]
Fordlândia (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɔʁdʒiˈlɐ̃dʒjɐ], Ford-land) is a district and adjacent area of 14,268 square kilometres (5,509 sq mi) in the city of Aveiro, in the Brazilian state of Pará. It is located on the east banks of the Tapajós river roughly 300 kilometres (190 mi) south of the city of Santarém. It was established by American industrialist Henry Ford in the Amazon Rainforest in 1928 as a prefabricated industrial town intended to be inhabited by 10,000 people to secure a source of cultivated rubber for the automobile manufacturing operations of the Ford Motor Company in the United States. Ford had negotiated a deal with the Brazilian government granting him a concession of 10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi) of land on the banks of the Rio Tapajós near the city of Santarém, Brazil, in exchange for a 9% share in the profits generated.[2] Ford's project failed, and the city was abandoned in 1934.

The town was mostly deserted, with only 90 residents still living in the city until the early 2000s when it saw an increase of population, being home to around 3,000 people as of 2017.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fordlândia

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Fordlândia (2008)




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2SpGRuwqA4

Documentário brasileiro.

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RE: Fordlândia - Henry Ford's failed Utopian city of the future in Brazil
failure or not henry ford was a genius and one of the greatest men of this or any other country
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Wild Stallion  Wrote: (11-11-2019 02:34 AM)
failure or not henry ford was a genius and one of the greatest men of this or any other country

And it is from Fords Model T that we get our blessed sign of the T.
Ford bless you.

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This was a massive effort with thousands of workers on site all working to build the Utopian city of the future. Using the Ford management style with only the bare minimum amount of tooling. The very best management from around the world were imported for the project. Because of it's somewhat remote location the project suffered from a lack of needed supplies.

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Interesting stuff!

I wonder why they called it Henry Ford's "foley" though instead of Henry Ford's "folly"?

Maybe the video creator's first language isn't English?

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I bet the workers would have made tons of money and enjoyed great benefits. A real future for all.








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