Juan Bobo History Lesson: The United Fruit Company

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Recent Posts
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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

The United Fruit Company

By 1930 the United Fruit Company owned over one million acres of land in Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and Cuba.

By 1940, in Honduras alone, the United Fruit Company owned 50 percent of all private land in the entire country. In Guatemala, the United Fruit Company owned 75 percent of all private land by 1942 – plus most of Guatemala’s roads, power stations and phone lines, the only Pacific seaport, and every mile of railroad.

By 1930, over 40 percent of all the arable land in Puerto Rico had been converted into sugar plantations, which were entirely owned by ex-Governor Charles Allen and U.S. banking interests. These bank syndicates also owned the entire coastal railroad, and the San Juan international seaport.

The U.S. government (particularly the CIA) supported all these economic exploits. They provided military persuasion whenever necessary. They murdered people in broad daylight, if they got in the way. The most famous of these was the “Banana Massacre” in Columbia.

Here’s more about United Fruit:

The Chronicles of Juan Bobo

  1. Krystal Cull says:

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  2. Bill Toomey says:

    This information is very useful and unusual. Thank you for putting this together, and getting it out. People need to know this!

  3. Josefina Rosuales says:

    The Banana Massacre in Columbia, and many other atrocities throughout Latin America, were orchestrated by the U.S. This blog is right on point.

  4. Cedric McCarthy says:

    Amazing how we all find out about these things, 100 years after it will do any good. It reminds me of an old African proverb:

    “By the time the fool learns the game, the winners have gone home.”

  5. Tom Whitten says:

    This a a GREAT blog. Thank you JB, for all this great info.

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