United Fruit Company Case Study

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The United Fruit Company was established on 1899 in Central America, as the first U.S. company to take business in another country, portraying inequality between the authority figures, and its’ farming laborers. Few holding high charge positions of this company got rich while abusing and exploiting plantation workers who were in deplorable conditions while earning low wages. United Fruit kept gaining power by acquiring a wide number of lands and plantation in the vulnerable countries of Central America who were ruled by weak governments who imposed no rules to stop the company. Being an entrepreneur was almost impossible as their fruit could not sell due to the company being a monopoly, putting pressure with unfair contracts, and the lack …show more content…
Most sources state how the “United Fruit has been considered the quintessential representative of American imperialism in Latin America, holding the local governments in its pocket, controlling the local economy of the host countries, and harshly exploiting the plantation workers.” The success of the company led many to question how the company was able to act as such, especially with the money from the exports of banana to the United States the company was able to pay the few government’s officials, but not the actual field workers, since they outnumbered them. With the rules from both the government and United Fruit Company, people from Latin America had nowhere else to go, but to stay and work in the fields to …show more content…
The decision to stop working was not an option since it could cost them their life similar to what happened in Colombia. “In 1928, these workers interrupted operations, demanding better conditions and formalized labor contracts with United Fruit.” Therefore, instead of improving their conditions, the strike ended in a tragic event where “The Colombian Army opened fire against a group of peaceful demonstrators in the city of Cienega on December, 1928.” Which became a historic event for Latin America especially to farm workers, and famously known as “Masacre de las bananeras” the massacre that ended the life of many people who were protesting to pursue a better life quality by a better pay, and better treatment in the banana plantations. Although there is controversy about who organized the strike, it is still clear that the workers still suffered the consequences since they were exploited. It has been said that the organizers of the strikes were the local elites saying that “In this conflict, local planters are taken into account only in direct relation to the strike, and they have been depicted both as early supporters of the strike because they saw it as a tool to weaken United Fruit.” Since united Fruit was taking all the business this local

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