Did Britain disrupt Brazils economy by removing their rubber monopoly, taking rubber to Malaysia and?
Most definately, we were masters of that type of business when we ruled the waves as were the Dutch. We did the same trick with China – stealing Tea plants and growing them in India so that China’s monopoly was broken. In 1876, the British smuggled out rubber-tree seeds from Amazonia to the Botanical Gardens in London. Through grafting, they developed more resistant varieties that were later sent to the Colonies in Asia where massive rubber plantations were established, particularly in Malaysia, Ceylon and Singapore. The difference between latex production techniques in Brazil and Asia was a significant factor in the development of this business, due to these plantations. While the rubber trees of Asia were set only four meters apart, it was sometimes necessary to walk miles between one tree and the next in Amazonia, limiting the amount of latex collected and increasing its price. Obviously, the well-organized plantations of the Far East resulted in a significant increase in productivi