United Fruit Company

History Project

"A Great Fruit Combine"

Founded in 1899, the United Fruit Company would go on to be one of the most influential corporations in the twentieth century, and a pioneer of modern marketing techniques.

Newspaper announcement of the founding of the United Fruit Company
Map of the United States, Mexico, and Central America published by the United Fruit Company.

Timeline ➔

View our interactive timeline documenting the history of the United Fruit Company from its predecessors to its dissolution.

In the Arts

The United Fruit Company has inspired numerous writers over the past hundred years. Gabriel García Márquez (pictured), Thomas Pynchon, O. Henry, Pablo Neruda, and many more have included references to the company in their stories.

Portrait of Gabriel García Márquez