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RS#01: Background on the Guatemalan Coup of 1954

governments. The United Fruit Company (UFCO), an extremely successful American owned and run company, profited greatly from investments it made in Guatemala. The business of United Fruit was bananas, and from bananas it had built a business empire in the Central American nations of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.…

Congress, the CIA, and Guatemala, 1954 — Central ...

Following its 1944 revolution, which brought democratically elected leftist governments to power, this Central American government faced an increasingly hostile neighbor to the north, the United States. Guatemala's treatment of US-based corporations, especially the United Fruit Company, in expropriating land and other assets, did nothing to ...…

The Experience of the Guatemalan United Fruit Company Workers

Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944­1954. Princeton, 1991. James, Daniel. Red Design for the Americas. New York, 1954. LaBarge, Richard Allen. Impact of United Fruit Company on the Economic Develoment of Guatemala, 1946­1954. New Orleans, 1960. McCann, Thomas P. An American Company: The Tragedy of United Fruit.…

United Fruit, The CIA, and Counter Revolution

UNITED Fruit, The cia, and counter-Revolution The United Fruit Company first became an institution in Guatemala under the reign of Gen. Jorge Ubico. Ubico’s favorable attitude toward outside investment prompted UFCO to become thoroughly involved in Guatemala. Ubico gave UFCO its two huge banana estates of Tiquisate and Bannanera, each covering hundreds of square miles, as a gift.…