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United Fruit Company

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The United Fruit Company was a major corporation from the United States that traded fruits and vegetables, formed by Minor C. Keith. Considered the representative of US imperialism in Central America, it had many privileges in the region. However, in Cuba, 1959, when Fidel Castro came to power, the company’s holdings in Cuba were expropriated by the hands of the revolutionary government led by Castro. This was because Castro was accusing the United Fruit Company of aiding supporters of the previous Cuban leader, Fulgencio Batista, and claiming that they were planning an overseas invasion from the United States to Cuba.  

Source: <http://www.business.uiuc.edu/working_papers/papers/06-0115.pdf




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The Banana Massacre


One of the most famous strikes that had been planned by the 30,000 workers of the United Fruit Company was ‘The Banana Massacre.’ It took place on the 12th of November 1928 on the Caribbean coast of Columbia. An attack was set up and Colombian Army troops under the command of General Cortés Vargas marched to the town of Ciénaga. They fired on a crowd of strikers claiming that the strike was rebellious and the people who had arranged it were Communist Revolutionaries. Congressman Jorge Eliécer Gaitán said that they had acted attributable to the United Fruit Company, who had demanded they put a stop to the strike. This scandal resulted in the Conservative party of President Miguel Abadía Méndez being elected out of the office in 1930.


The United Fruit Company logo for its bananas.






The business of the United Fruit Company was a major corporation of the US but was a lot criticized by artists, writers, journalists, politicians in the United States. There was a lot of incidents with the workers like for example; the Banana Massacre. After the revolution, Castro took over the company because of his suspicion of helping the last president “Batista” and also planning an attack from overseas to invade Cuba. There were frequently accused of bribing officials for favors and were also involved in “institutionalized racism”. The Company brought a lot of benefit in countries but also a lot of problems at the same time. The United Fruit Company later changed their name to United Brands but had financial problems in the 1970’s and got bought from Del Monte Corporation.





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