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United Fruit Company Building

Most bank branch offices are drab, but if you use Fidelity Homestead Bank in New Orleans, every deposit is a step back into a rather unpleasant piece of the past. The fruit-themed building was once the headquarters of a company with a history seeded in damaging neocolonial practices.

The United Fruit Company used this building as their offices starting in 1920. From here, they dominated the fruit trade with the help of local businessman Sam “BananaMan” Zemurray. The company’s monopoly over the fruit industry had disastrous, long-lasting effects on many of the Latin American countries it did business in.

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