By the 1800s, Manaus was a major port, and the muddy jungle backwater had become one of the wealthiest spots on earth. It’s 40,000 residents, almost all of them expats, purchased more diamonds per capital and anywhere else in the world, sent their laundry to Europe for cleaning, and according to legend, watered their horses with fine French champagne.
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