The first of the Amazon's natural products to be discovered by the outside world was quinine, an antidote to malaria. Obtained from the cinchona tree native to Peru and Ecuador, for many years this was a closely-guarded monopoly of the Spanish empire until the English botanist Richard Spruce succeeded in smuggling out seeds in the 1860s.
Laura, Happy New Year to you. First, I would like to say thank you for all of your help over the past 16 months for this trip. The entire Fodor family had a great time. I would highly recommend Latin Discover. Kat