The thief at the end of the world: rubber, power, and the seeds of empire

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The story of one mans journey down the Amazonand how it changed history In 1876, a man named Henry Wickham smuggled seventy thousand rubber tree seeds out of the rainforests of Brazil and delivered them to Victorian Englands most prestigious scientists at Kew Gardens. Those seeds, planted around the world in Englands colonial outposts, gave rise to the great rubber boom of the early twentieth centuryan explosion of entrepreneurial and scientific industry that would change the world. The story of how Wickham got his hands on those seedsa sought-after prize for which many suffered and diedis the stuff of legend. In this utterly engaging account of obsession, greed, bravery, and betrayal, author and journalist Joe Jackson brings to life a classic Victorian fortune hunter and the empire that fueled, then abandoned, him. In his single-minded pursuit of glory, Wickham faced deadly insects, poisonous snakes, horrific illnesses, and, ultimately, the neglect and contempt of the very government he wished to serve. His idealism and determination, as well as his outright thievery, perfectly encapsulate the essential nature of Great Britains colonial adventure in South America. The Thief at the End of the World is a thrilling true story of reckless courage and ambition.
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subject_facetRubber industry and trade -- Amazon River Region -- History
title_displayThe thief at the end of the world : rubber, power, and the seeds of empire
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