H. Meiggs a railroad entrepreneur that was loosing financially in the early 1870's that passed his company to his nephew, Minor C. Keith.
Keith took over the business and started to plant bananas on the side of the railroad tracks to feed the workers. The railroad business started to plummet but at the same time the banana trade became lucrative enough to continue to pursue, so he did.
On the 12th of November 1928 the workers of United Fruit, a merged company that was established by C. Keith and other indiviauls in the banana trade, went on strike. Fire was opened on any where from 47 to 2000 approx. workers by the Columbian Army. This event went on to be refered to as the Banana Massacre.