Date of Award




Degree Name

Master of Arts in History



Chief Instructor

George Hubbard Blakeslee


banana industry, economy, economic conditions, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, trade, fruit, race relations, colonialism


The phenomenal growth of the banana industry is one of the most outstanding features of commerce during the last half century. Like the banana tree itself, this industry has grown to stupendous size in a relatively short span of time. Why has this business continued to grow and why at the present time is it still expanding? The answer is that the banana has become internationally recognized as a very nourishing food and as populations increase, so must he banana trade increase in order to supply the demand. In order to thoroughly understand the banana industry one must first acquaint himself with the salient factors concerning the banana, from historical, botanical, and commercial viewpoints.



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