On the other hand, the oldest documents where rum is mentioned date from the year 1650 found in Barbados, where rum was known by the terms kill-devil (which means kill the devil) or rumbullion (whose meaning corresponds to “A great tumult”) this last word is of English origin. Almost two decades later, by 1667 the drink was known as rum, from here is derived what is known in Spanish as rum, while in French the liquor is called rhum.
For the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, rum appeared as a product of great importance and economic impact for the islands of the Caribbean, from where it was exported to different countries in Europe.
Rum was used as an element of commerce in the negotiations of skins with Native Americans and the exchange of slaves, gold or ivory in Africa. For many years enslaved Africans were purchased with rum — slaves were purchased from African chiefs and shipped to the Caribbean to harvest sugar cane, which was turned to molasses and then rum, which was then shipped back to Africa to purchase more slaves.
Initially rum was a harsh drink, “kill devil” probably being a very appropriate description, but over time quality improved and it started to be traded internationally.
The British began to import it to Europe, where its consumption spread. Today this alcoholic beverage is made in more than thirty countries, which put their particular stamp on them, being the most valued rums are Cuban and Caribbean.
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