Rum Facts You Didn’t Know

As one of the oldest and most popular drinks in history, rum has shaped global economic activity, politics, and culture; all of which have shaped the role of rum in the modern world.

As one of the oldest and most popular drinks in the world, rum has origins spanning the globe.

Facts About Rum You Didn’t Know

The use of sugarcane in alcohol was perfected in the ancient Arab world.

While the early discovery of sugarcane is often attributed to the expeditions of Alexander the Great, whose military campaigns took his troops through Asia and Africa, but according to historians, it was Persians and Arabs who first perfected the process of refining of sugar in the seventh century. Much of what we now know about sugarcane’s origins and benefits come from their documentation of ancient studies and distillation techniques. In fact, it wasn’t until eleventh and twelfth centuries that sugar was introduced to the Mediterranean regions of Europe.

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Empires were founded and built on the sugar trade.

For decades, the majority of the sugarcane remained in Arab territories, where they perfected the process of cultivating sugarcane for distribution throughout the rest of the world. But, as colonial powers expanded their reach into the Caribbean, European nations gained a new access point to the sugar trade. As the Portuguese began to explore the African Coast in the 15th century, they discovered that sugarcane cultivation was possible in their new territories, including the Madeira Islands, Cape Verde, and the Canary Islands. As more European countries began jumping at the chance to create a sugar market that was out of Persian control, a colonial legacy was also birthed.

In America’s infancy, rum was the drink of choice.

During the 1700s, rum was one of the most popular drinks of the time. According to historical accounts, American colonists consumed an average of 3.7 gallons a year per person. In fact, by the end of 1765, the amount of rum consumed by those on the East Coast jumped up to 4.8 gallons per person annually. In addition to have a role in various historical events, rum also played a role in politics. For example, when running for the House of Burgesses in Virginia in 1758, George Washington provided 28 gallons of rum and another 50 gallons of rum punch to voters.

Sailors actually loved rum.

Rum has been connected to the stereotype of the pirate since the 17th century, but it also had a presence on legal sailing vessels. From 1731 until 1970, sailors of the British Royal Navy were allotted a daily pint of rum “for each man and a half.” While their daily rations of rum decreased over time, it was seen as a necessary item to have while onboard a ship. According to “An Essay on the Most Effectual Means of Preserving the Health of Seamen,” first published in 1762 by Dr. James Lind, rum ‘provides the best and quickest restorative which a Sailor can have at Sea.’ Lind’s essay suggested sailors drink the rum in a punch featuring fruit juices and other refreshing flavors.

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