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28 RACe, nAtIon, AnD West InDIAn IMMIGRAtIon to HonDURAs and around La Ceiba, while the United Fruit Company, after merging with the Cuyamel Fruit Company in 1929, and through its subsidiaries in Tela and Trujillo, controlled the fruit industry from west of San Pedro Sula to La Lima and Tela and from Trujillo to Puerto Castilla.40 The three major fruit companies on the North Coast all shared an ability to obtain and manipulate government concessions. The Honduran government awarded the Vaccaro Brothers and Company a concession in 1905 to export fruit from La Ceiba in exchange for a promise to build canals in the region served by the Salado and Porvenir rivers. In addition, the company was to build jetties, docks, and structures necessary for the development of the region. Smaller local companies acquired access to the canals and the ports and were exempt from customs duties on imports and exports.41 The Cuyamel and United Fruit Companies gained access to the North Coast through similar dealings with the government. The history of the Cuyamel Fruit Company often focuses on its controversial founder, Samuel Zemurray. A Mobile, Alabama, banana merchant of Russian JewFruit Companies on the North Coast of Honduras, 1905–1954 ...


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