Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History

Christopher Columbus brought sugarcane to the New World on his second voyage.  By 1520 commercial sugar production was underway in the Caribbean, along with the perfection of methods to ferment and distill alcohol from sugarcane to produce a new beverage that would have dramatic impact on the region. Caribbean Rum presents the fascinating cultural, economic, and ethnographic history of rum in the Caribbean from the colonial period to the present.

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Buy the book for $27 at Barnes and Noble, it's a great read if you like the history of either rum or the Caribbean, or both!  It'd be a nice little book to take with you in the plane as your zipping yourself down to the warm tropics.

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