Originally Posted by Grey Wolf
Hmmm, was it an independent nation in 1900 or so then ? I've not heard of this one
Brazilians plying the rubber trade in the 1890's ended up crossing the border to Bolivia, since rubber trees are spread out in a large area. To cut a long story short, since I don't know all the details, the Bolivian government imposed restrictions on their trade, and since the Brazilians were a majority in the area, they rebelled against the Bolivian government, proclaiming the Estado Livre do Acre(Acre Free State), which pleaded admission in the Brazilian state. The crisis was solved though diplomatic means; the Brazilian government purchased Acre from Bolivia and, as part of the deal, built a railway in order to ensure Bolivian access to Brazilian river ports, and thus access to the sea.