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• History of Rum •

Rum was the first spirit distilled in America

One of the first US rum distilleries on record was on present day Staten Island, NYC, circa 1664.

The rum industry had large social and economic impact on the colonists until...

The Sugar Act of 1764 in which the British imposed a "Molasses Tax", making rum distilling unprofitable.

This tax was a leading cause of the American Revoltion

After the revolution, Americans lost access to the molasses that had been delivered by the British Navy from their Caribbean colonies.

Americans also started migrating west, growing grains, and making whiskey. Domestic rum production ceased to exist.

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