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Businessmen, military, politicians, intellectuals and other members of Brazilian elites have perceived the Amazon region not only as a possible source of natural resources but also as a threat to the building of the state and the territorial existence of the nation. This perception originated in the mid-nineteenth century and still survives today, even beyond elite's circles. This papers deals with the reasons for this anxiety about the Amazon and the different forms that these fears adopted.doi:10.7916/d8f47vt6 fatcat:ysx2yt33s5hyto3airw3lmzx2i