The United Fruit Company Outline
Thesis: Through compensation to workers and connections with the government the United Fruit Company (UFCO) it became the great force of Latin America.
Introduction: “In 1871 the wholesale value of banana imports into the United States was less than $250,000; by 1901, the figure had jumped to $6.5 million” Banana Wars (49)
The United Fruit Company was a business in Guatemala that helped to build railroad transportation, hospitals and introduce the banana to the world.
“The vertically integrated United Fruit Company merged large banana operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, major railroad, port, and shipping facilities and a substantial U.S. fruit ...view middle of the document...
” (53-54) This merging helped the Boston Fruit Company to ship bananas over seas swiftly without the fear of over ripening.
Poole’s “Fruits and How to Use Them included a section on bananas, which in the eyes of the author were “among the most important of all fruits”” (55)
1890 Keith finishes the railroad from San Jose to Puerto Limon. However, the low number of passengers using the train made it unprofitable. Keit decides to use it to export bananas from the plantations he had created in the early 1870s. The first shipments proves to be a great success. http://www.unitedfruit.org/chron.htm
1901 The government of Guatemala hires United Fruit Company to manage the country's national post service. (Creating a Banana Republic) http://www.unitedfruit.org/chron.htm
1904 Guatemalan dictator Manuel Estrada Cabrera grants United Fruit a ninety-nine year concession to construct and maintain the country's main rail line from Guatemala City to Puerto Barrios http://www.unitedfruit.org/chron.htm
Faced against the Panama Disease. “The United Fruit Company claimed to have abandoned more than 100,000 acres in Central America during the first half of the 20th century. (70)
Difficult strategy to get rid of disease. Still had a good production but a huge amount of land was being wasted.
In the U.S. buyers of bananas created the...