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History

The history of Brazilian bauxite in the Amazon began in the mid-1960s with the discovery of the first deposits, located in the eastern part of the state of Pará by the Alcan Company of Canada. Up to the establishment of Mineração Rio do Norte in 1967, there is a long history full of challenges, from the geological prospecting work until the opening of the first plateau. This history tells of much more that the beginning of a new enterprise; it is the history of people who accepted the enormous challenge of opening up the Amazon. That trajectory can be seen at the Memorial House, which you are invited to get to know.

Memorial House

The history of Brazilian bauxite in the Amazon began in the mid-1960s with the discovery of the first deposits, located in the eastern part of the state of Pará by the Alcan Company of Canada. Up to the establishment of Mineração Rio do Norte in 1967, there is a long history full of challenges, from the geological prospecting work until the opening of the first plateau. This history tells of much more that the beginning of a new enterprise; it is the history of people who accepted the enormous challenge of opening up the Amazon. That trajectory can be seen at the Memorial House, which you are invited to get to know.

Our Memorial House operates in the first residence built in Porto Trombetas, which was deteriorating and scheduled for demolition. The idea in revitalizing it was to offer a leisure option for the community.

Besides the physical reform of the space, the landscaping and the use of space that allows both multimedia presentations and formal and informal meetings, an exposition was set up that focuses on the company’s main managers. The exposition includes panels with photographs and texts, materials used, a mock-up and other materials dealing with the following themes: the history of MRN; from bauxite to aluminum; the Amazon and the environmental issue; and life in Trombetas. Considerable research went into developing these themes over a six-month period, and involved a bibliographical and documentary survey, recording statements and iconographic research. This is a space that is worth getting to know.

With the Memorial House project, in 2001 received the Aberje – Regional prize, from the Brazilian Association for Business Communication.

A tour of the company's history
Um passeio pela história da empresa
Um passeio pela história da empresa