Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776

Ian Williams

Ian Williams describes in fascinating aspect how Rum and the molasses that it used to be made of used to be to the 18th century what oil is at the present time. Rum used to be utilized by the colonists to transparent local American tribes and to shop for slaves. To make it, they frequently traded with the enemy French through the Seven Years' warfare, angering their British masters and surroundings themselves at the street to Revolution. The usual circulation of rum used to be necessary to retaining either armies within the box for the reason that infantrymen depended on rum to take care of their battling spirits. even supposing the Puritans themselves have been keen on rum in amounts that will appall modern-day medical professionals, temperance and Prohibition have obscured the historic position of the "Global Spirit with its hot center within the Caribbean." Ian Williams' booklet triumphantly restores rum's rightful position in background, taking us throughout area and time, from its origins within the plantations of Barbados via Puritan and progressive New England, to voodoo rites in glossy Haiti, the place to combine rum with Coke hazards invoking the wrath of the god, and around the Florida straits the place Fidel and the Bacardi kinfolk are nonetheless combating over the rights for the elements of Cuba Libre.

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