Into the Amazon: American Experience

Into the Amazon: American Experience

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 9:00pm

President Roosevelt pointing at a map of South America towards the area explored during the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition in Brazil.

Credit: Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Follow President Theodore Roosevelt's perilous journey into the dark and deadly heart of the Amazon rainforest.

In 1914, President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon traveled into the Amazon rainforest to chart an unknown river in one of the wildest places on earth. What was anticipated to be relatively tranquil journey turned out to be a brutal test of courage and character, claiming the lives of three men and almost killing the president. Into the Amazon: American Experience airs Tuesday, January 9, 2017 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.