National Geographic : 1944 Jan
The National Geographic Magazine Alan Fisher, from (.I.A.A. Big Viaducts Straddle Deep Mountain Ravines on the New Sao Paulo-Santos Highway Abruptly above the seaport of Santos towers steep Serra do Mar, barring easy access to the plateau capital. Trains are hauled up by cable. For ever-increasing traffic a new superhighway will soon replace the narrow motor road that winds up the mountain. several rubber experts and doctors in the health and sanitation service. Opinions varied, but all emphasized that the situation is considerably different today. Despite the possibility of competition again from natural rubber coming from Far East plantations and also from new synthetic rub bers, the Brazilian product still will have use. Furthermore, Brazil herself now has rapidly growing rubber industries which will require ever-increasing quantities of crude rubber. Then, too, the Inter-American health pro gram is a long-range effort aimed at sanitation, checking of malaria, and rendering medical aid to the inhabitants in the area. In itself, this improvement in living conditions will go far toward aiding economic development. Throughout all Brazil today you see new leaven at work. Here are new and rapidly ex panding factories. More and more resources are being opened for exploitation. Air and transport facilities are being extended through out the nation. And, more important, the country is gaining an ever larger number of technical and scientific personnel. The vital materials and weapons of war that Brazil is now contributing toward victory for the United Nations will be her plowshares for future industrial and eco nomic expansion.