Lorenzo Dow Baker

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Lorenzo Dow Baker
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Lorenzo Dow Baker was an American sailor, ship's captain and businessman whose voyage from the Orinoco to Jamaica and then to Philadelphia launched the modern banana production industry. In 1878 he joined forces with Andrew Preston to form the Boston Fruit Company, the first in several successive partnerships that led to the formation of the United Fruit Company, now Chiquita Brands International.[1]


  1. ^ Dan Koeppel, Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World (New York: Hudson Press, 2008), pp. 52-56.