The Amazon is the world's largest river, with more water flowing in it than Earth's next eight largest rivers put together. From its source high in the Andes Mountains of Peru to its mouth on the Atlantic coast of Brazil, the Amazon flows through the continent of South America, traveling for most of its journey through dense, tropical rain forest. The Amazon flows through the homes of an amazing variety of animals and plants. Native Amerindians have lived on the banks of the Amazon for over 5,000 years. Its lands were settled by Europeans in the 1500s and became the center of the rubber boom in the 1800s. Today, the Amazon rain forest faces serious problems of deforestation, and its people and its wildlife are in danger.
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|1||The Course of the River||6|
|2||The Amazon in History||12|
|3||Cities and Settlements||18|
|5||Animals and Plants||30|
|7||Leisure and Recreation||42|