In a bar in Brazil, close to the Colombian border, a group of illegal miners are spinning seemingly tall tales. The miners claim that in the wilds of the Amazon they encountered a lost tribe – one of the few communities on Earth still untouched by the modern world. Then, as their story unfolds, they start to brag about having done something truly horrifying.
From its mist-shrouded mountains to the thick swathes of the Amazon jungle, Brazil has always been a wild and beautiful place. Ever since Europeans arrived there at the dawn of the 16th century, though, there have been outsiders present – keen to exploit the country’s abundant natural resources.
At first, Europeans began exporting Brazil’s Paubrasilia trees, known for their ability to produce a precious red dye. Then the colonists started transforming large tracts of the land into sugar plantations. They enslaved the native peoples and shipped their crops across the world.