Amazon Rainforest | cabocla - Caboclos were the first Brazilian mestizos. The king of Portugal, D. Joseph I, encouraged marriages between whites and Indians in the 18th century. There was a wave of caboclos created during the time of rubber soldiers, when young, primarily white and mestiço Brazilian men were taken from Northeastern Brazil and brought into the Amazonian interior to harvest rubber. The men were never granted permission to leave, and thus married locally.
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