Keith and Costa Rica : a biographical study of Minor Cooper Keith / by Watt Stewart.


[1st ed.].. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [1964] .

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Subjects Costa Rica.
Industries -- Costa Rica.
Industries.
Keith, Minor C. (Minor Cooper), 1848-1929.
Description xiii, 210 pages : illustrations, map (on lining papers) portraits ; 24 cm
Copyright Date [1964]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-204).
Also issued online.
Summary Minor Cooper Keith was an American who, pursuing personal wealth, helped to develop a small country. Keith made a fortune in Costa Rica, built its railroads, was chief collector of its archaeological treasures. As a founder of the United Fruit Company, he introduced the banana as a staple on the world market. In 1871, after graduation from a Brooklyn high school and a successful year herding his own cattle on an island off Texas, he went to work for his brother in Costa Rica. He died on his family estate on Long Island in 1929. The greatest drama in his life was the building of the railroad -- greatest, too, in the economic life of that Central American republic. The bridge over the Birris, a fine structure for its day -- 300 feet at its highest point above the river, 600 feet long -- was the difficult final link. In 1890 on the initial run, the engineer approaching the bridge, fearing it would collapse, refused to continue. Keith, seizing the American flag, mounted the cowcatcher. When the intrepid contractor showed such courage, where was the engineer who would hesitate further? The bridge was crossed; the line, twenty years abuilding, became a reality. - Back of jacket.
Contents A railway contract is made -- A great celebration : the Keiths arrive -- Keith's first decade in Costa Rica -- More contracts and Cupid -- The route ; Labor problems -- The strike of the Italians -- The railroad is finished -- The great event is celebrated -- The 200,000 pound question -- Half a loaf : 100,000 pounds -- A multiplicity of activities -- Banana bonanza -- Keith, collector of antiquities -- The years after 1900 : a sketch -- The man Keith -- Sequents ; The mystery of the millions -- Bibliography.
Geographic Area Costa Rica
Network Numbers (OCoLC)738376
(OCoLC)ocm00738376
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Stewart, Watt, 1892-1981.
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