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The History of the Pineapple as a symbol of hospitality is found in the early American colonies when pineapples were used to signify hospitality and friendship. The legend tells of the sea captains of New England, who sailed to the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies with exotic fruits and spices. When clipper ships returned to port, their families would spear a precious pineapple on their iron gatepost as a common symbol to welcome friends and neighbors into their homes to celebrate the safe return of the captain and crew. The pineapple served as an invitation for them to visit, share his food and listen to the tales of the voyage. In early settlements, the pineapple was traditionally given as a gift of friendship. Over time, colonial Innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs, and bedposts carved with pineapples were a common sight at Inns throughout New England. The tradition continues to this day, as homeowners and property owners proudly display and use the pineapple as a symbol of welcoming hospitality.
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