Fernando Santos Granero


9. Women packing barbasco roots for Israel & Co., Iquitos, circa 1947.

Between 1915 and 1963, Loreto became involved in several export booms of different nature, duration and importance. Some revolved around the extraction of forest resources (balata rubber, rosewood oil, fine timber); others, around cultivated products (cotton, coffee, and barbasco roots --Lonchocarpus nicou- used as insecticide). These mini-booms overlapped in time and involved different areas within the region. As a result, their demise never affected the region as a whole, as was true of the rubber bust.