By Amelia Meyer
Rondônia is nestled in northwest Brazil, with Porto Velho as its capital city. It boasts a total area of 237 576.16 square kilometres, which is equivalent to 91 729 square miles. Rondônia is bordered by Acre, Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Bolivia. A major part of this state’s appeal lies in its being home to a vast proportion of the Amazon Forest.
Because this area has always been covered in dense jungle foliage, the first European explorers in Brazil were hesitant to brave this land. So, in addition to the native tribes that had been occupying this region for centuries, the only other inhabitants were Jesuits and bandits that had imposed themselves in search of wealth.
The area remained relatively untouched until the 1800’s, when the rubber industry became significant throughout Brazil. But even during this time, Rondônia remained one of the quieter states in terms of the rubber rush.