Brazil: How Americans View

From Brazil, Joe Listo described the indignation aroused there by U.S. geography textbooks, which allegedly show Amazonia as not being part of Brazil.  He now writes: I finally found the article which attempts to show that the American public school system uses geography books (Introduction to Geography by David Norman was cited) which depict the Amazon and Pantanal as not being part of Brazil. The text is in English. The portion in Portuguese is just a rough translation. It is curious to note, though, that the article is signed by Celso Santos, editor of Editora Abril, Brazil´s largest publisher, in which the Globo TV Network has a stake. At the foot of the comments, you will note that the article was sent to the Senate, without any repercussions as of this writing.

RH: I had a hard time downloading the attachments, but as far as I could see the story was based on a report from a Brazilian woman in the US. I suspect that the text simply meant that the climate of the world depends on the Amazon rain forest, which is therefore the responsibility of humanity. I would be grateful if someone would look at David Norman's book and tell us what i actually says.  By an interesting coincidence, a major exhibition is being held in the Grand Palais of  Paris devoted to the Indians of Amazonia,  The theme is that they are noble savages whose life is being destroyed by prospectors and land grabbers. The murder of an American nun there shows how ruthless the invaders are.  There is widespread concern that the Amazon rain forest is being destroyed, doing irreparable damage to the world climate.  The Brazilian government is doing almost nothing.  David Norman's book may simply express this concern.

Ronald Hilton 2005


last updated: April 13, 2005