Trans-Amazon Highway

Trans-Amazon Highway,

road, c.3,000 mi (4,830 km) long, traversing N central Brazil. The highway, stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Peruvian border, is an important factor in the economic development of the Amazon region.
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The Trans-Amazon Highway was built to provide access, and it carried the desperately poor into the harsh region, where some perished and some prospered.
Stang felt a calling to accompany those at the margins, and as the Trans-Amazon Highway pushed people deeper into the jungle, she went to Altamira in 1982 and presented herself to Erwin Krautler, bishop of the Prelature of the Xingu, one of the world's largest dioceses, and perhaps the most dangerous.
Until 1960, when the Trans-Amazon Highway was built, getting to the rain forest was difficult.
Public health hazards among workers along the Trans-Amazon Highway.
The country did, after all, build the Trans-Amazon Highway about four decades ago to connect the Brazilian western frontier to the Atlantic, opening the possibility of an Atlantic-Pacific corridor.

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