Sunday in the town of Bananal, Brazil, in the extreme East of the state of Sao Paulo, looked challenging.The sun was scalding,and the sloping hill that connected the historical center of this pleasant city to our location was not easy to climb. Nevertheless, we braved the discouraging ascent as if we were climbing one of the many marvelous hills of the Bocaina Mountains that circle the city.
Thanks to its railroad lines, the Bom Retiro neighborhood of Sao Paulo was always an important industrial area of the capital city. Even today, although many businesses have left the region, some still live on and continue production there. Other enterprises began their life and have left their legacy, although they are no longer functioning. The Ford Motor Company is one of these. This article will sketch its story.