National Geographic : 1966 Feb
YLOREN MclNTYRE © NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Go east, young man! And Bolivians do, east of the Andes, where lies 70 percent of the nation's land. Here, as in the American West, pioneers find a future in cattle raising, in planting cotton, sugar, rice, and citrus fruits. These va queros (left) herd zebu and criollo cattle near the eastern border town of Puerto Sutrez. In the north-central Beni region, boundless grasslands could feed 25 million head. Cotton-picking migrant, a mestizo from Cochabamba, labors on a wide-spreading plantation near Santa Cruz. Ball of latex from the far-northern jungle cures over a smoky fire. Bolivia profited from rubber in the early 1900's, but no longer ranks as an important producer.