How Lemons Led to the Rise of the Sicilian Mafia

In the mid-1850s to early 1900s lemon groves were extremely profitable in southern Italy. However, politically the Italian landscape was very unstable, which led to the need to protect the lemon groves from thieves and bandits. Eventually, this private security for the lemon orchards evolved into the Sicilian Mafia.

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