This route dives into the history of the United Fruit Company and the Standard Fruit and Steamship Company during the early to mid 20th-century in New Orleans. These companies had a lasting disastrous impact on the economic, political and social landscapes in Latin American countries. Journalists took to calling United Fruit “el pulpo” (“the octopus”) because its tentacles were everywhere. The exploitation enacted on Latin American countries and people is yet another form of oppression that needs to be called out and fought against.
Turn by turn directions can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/qUkP6FZtZnQABLy38
Stop A: Chartres & Desire
Stop B: United Fruit Company’s old headquarters
Stop C: Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Stop D: Thalia Street Wharf
Stop E: Sam “BananaMan” Zemurray’s old home
While you are riding, bring masks and hand sanitizer, respect physical distancing, and make sure that you have an emergency contact who knows where you are and can pick you up if needed. We also have some more in-depth tips for safe biking in the pandemic, check them out! Please be aware that NOLA to Angola cannot provide logistical or emergency support to individual riders this year. Take care, and safe riding!