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Letter signed by Marechal Rondon (1925)

Letter signed by Marechal Rondon (1925)

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From his headquarters in Argentina, the future Marshal Rondon orders tons of goods for a mysterious destination.

  • Telegram from General Rondon to Paulo Demoro, Brazilian consul in the city of Posadas, in the province of Missiones, in Argentina.
  • One page.
  • 22 cm x 22.5 cm.
  • In Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Guarapuava (Paraná), April 15, 1925.
  • Average condition, some fingerprints, a crease in the middle.
  • Single document.

...) two thousand kilos of rice, two thousand kilos of sugar, five hundred kilos of lard, six hundred kilos of coffee three thousand kilos of dried meat six hundred kilos of onions two thousand kilos of beans three thousand kilos of flour five hundred kilos of salt, dozen kilos of soap six hundred liters of vinegar … Five thousand kilos of alfalfa, one hundred thousand cigarettes, seven thousand boxes of matches and two thousand kilos of biscuits, and I will indicate the destination in due course, but I ask when I will be able to dispose of these resources. Gal Rondon

Born in 1865, in the state of Mato Grosso, the man who would go down in history as a peacemaker and great defender of Brazilian Indians, began his military career at the age of sixteen, as a simple soldier. Candid Rondon (1865-1958), however, did not owe his success to any military feat. For half a century, a revolution based on a single slogan flourished in his country: "Die if necessary, never kill! "

In 1890, after leaving the Military Academy where he taught as a mathematics professor, Rondon had embarked on the construction of a telegraph line, connecting the east coast to the western border of Brazil. At the head of a handful of officers and soldiers entirely dedicated to his person, he managed to carry out his task of exploration and construction in the heart of the hostile jungle of Mato Grosso, in addition to dealing with the Indians, until then the object of an almost systematic massacre, peacefully.

In 1910, thanks to the intervention of Rondon , the Brazilian government created the indigenous protection service, and entrusted it to its management. Having indigenous blood in his veins, Rondon , faithful disciple of Augusto Comte, swore to serve the cause of the Indians and also “to the cause of humanity wherever and whenever he could” . He kept his word.

Rondon , who recommended that the Indians gradually adapt to modern ways of life, sought above all to safeguard that without which "primitive" people often lost their zest for life: their traditions, and their social and religious organization. He never intervened in disputes between rival tribes except when asked, knowing that to side with one or the other was to lose their trust.

Since 1919, Rondon worked in Mato Grosso cartography. During this time, he discovered rivers and made contact with certain indigenous tribes. He was appointed head of the corps of engineers in Brazil and was appointed head of the Telegraph Commission.

Precisely in this telegram from 1925, Rondon orders large quantities of food - and lots of cigarettes and matches! - from Argentina, close to the border with Brazil and Paraguay, without explaining the destination or the reason for this request.

Theodore Roosevelt, who participated with Rondon in the scientific expedition of 1913-1914, stated: “he is a brave officer, a true gentleman, an intrepid explorer”.

In fact, Rondon was more than that. The services he installed in the central and northern regions of Brazil aimed to protect the Indians against hunger and poverty, the exploitation of white people, and the diseases brought by the arrival of "strangers". Almost 100 years ago, he was one of the first environmentalists in Brazil and the world.

This document shows Rondon's important work and legacy for Brazil.

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