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Nathan Shachar

Johnson Line and Latin America

For many Stockholmers, the Johnson Line was long a household name and an essential part of their existence. One of those fascinated by the sea-crossings of these ships as a young boy was the author and journalist Nathan Shachar. In the autumn of 1904, when the businessman Axel Johnson decided to establish scheduled service between Sweden and Latin America, there was minimal trade with distant continents. The lack of regularly scheduled service was a major handicap for Swedish export industries, especially the rapidly expanding engineering industry, which had many new products to offer. Brazil and Argentina were awash with money made from selling meat, wheat and coffee to Europe s growing cities. Axel Johnson s vision was to connect Sweden to the new markets in the developing world. This richly illustrated volume is based on Nathan Shachar s many years of research, including in Nordstjernan's archive, as well as interviews with a large number of Johnsoners and their memories of life at sea. The Johnson Line and Latin America is cultural and economic history woven together into an entertaining account of a bygone era.

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