National Geographic : 1938 Nov
COWBOYS AND CAYMANS OF MARAJO © National Geographic Society Kodachrome Photograph by Desmond Holdridge SINCE TIIE ISLAND IS PRACTICALLY FLAT, THE COWBOY MUST STAND ATOP HIS PONY "TOWER" TO VIEW HIS HERD Quirt in hand and barefoot, he supports himself with a long pole. Twice the size of Massachusetts is this broad expanse of forest and cattle-grazing land, between the mouths of the Amazon and the Para Rivers in Brazil. With the exception of ancient burial mounds, the ground level never rises more than 25 feet above the sea. Vegetation in the foreground, known as "wild cotton," is a worthless weed mostly inhabitated by ants.