Oil extraction changes the face of every landscape it touches. In Bahia, northeastern Brazil, it was no different.
A Platform on Representation, Engagement, and Community
Author: Natascha Otoya
Natascha Otoya (she/her) is a content editor for EHN. She joined the History PhD program at Georgetown University in 2017. Her research focuses on the development of the oil industry in Brazil in the first half of the twentieth century. Natascha is particularly interested in human/nature interactions and how different groups, like politicians and scientists, viewed such interactions. Additionally, her research interests overlap with the field of history of science, as geology is a central element in the search and exploration of petroleum in Brazil, and she hopes to further develop collaborations with this branch of the natural sciences. Before coming to Georgetown, Natascha completed a Master's degree in Social History at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. Non-academic interests include cycling, swimming in the ocean, and a new-found love for yoga.
Historical Black Lives Matter: What A Single Story Can Reveal About People & Landscapes
Many poor Black people lived, worked, and died to bring about modern industries such as oil in Brazil. Mr. João de Deus’ life story hopefully sheds light on these experiences.