Museum sights in Xapuri
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The visitors center of the Fundação Chico Mendes contains wall-size photos of Chico Mendes with his wife and children, tapping rubber trees, and leading empate s – work stoppages designed to stop clear-cutting in the rain forest. There are some personal effects, including the blood-stained clothes and bath towel he had when he was murdered, and numerous awards given to Mendes, both before and after he died.
This modest but interesting museum covers the history of Acre and Xapuri, which was once a major hub for commercial activity, thanks to its location at the confluence of two rivers. Rubber, nuts, wood and other products were floated downstream to market, while roaming merchants (mostly Lebanese and Syrian, interestingly enough) used the waterways to peddle everything from shovels to perfume. Housed in an attractive mansion that served as the city hall from 1929 to 2000.