- a river in NW South America, flowing SE from S Colombia into the Amazon in NW Brazil. 900 miles (1450 km) long.
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All the rubber gathered in the Putumayo is shipped from Iquitos.
That the exportation of rubber from the Putumayo is increasing.
The Putumayo is a school of the most refined and barbarous crimes!
The forest tracks in the Putumayo present innumerable obstacles.
The Putumayo is one of the most important affluents of the Amazon.Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
- a river in NW South America, rising in S Colombia and flowing southeast as most of the border between Colombia and Peru, entering the Amazon in Brazil: scene of the Putumayo rubber scandal (1910–11) during the rubber boom, in which many Indians were enslaved and killed by rubber exploiters. Length: 1578 km (980 miles)Brazilian name: Içá