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


A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776

Paperback Published: 18th August 2006
ISBN: 9781560258919
Number Of Pages: 340

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Ian Williams describes in captivating detail how Rum and the molasses that it was made from was to the 18th century what oil is today. Rum was used by the colonists to clear Native American tribes and to buy slaves. To make it, they regularly traded with the enemy French during the Seven Years' War, angering their British masters and setting themselves on the road to Revolution. The regular flow of rum was essential to keeping both armies in the field since soldiers relied on rum to keep up their fighting spirits. Even though the Puritans themselves were fond of rum in quantities that would appall modern day doctors, temperance and Prohibition have obscured the historical role of the "Global Spirit with its warm heart in the Caribbean. " Ian Williams' book triumphantly restores rum's rightful place in history, taking us across space and time, from its origins in the plantations of Barbados through Puritan and Revolutionary New England, to voodoo rites in modern Haiti, where to mix rum with Coke risks invoking the wrath of the god, and across the Florida straits where Fidel and the Bacardi family are still fighting over the rights for the ingredients of Cuba Libre.

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Rum: The Global Spirit with Its Heart in the Caribbeanp. xiii
Origins-"A Hot Hellish Liquor"
What Is It, Where Is It?p. 3
Sugar: The Seed of Rump. 9
The Caribbean Connection: Preparing the Groundp. 17
Barbados, the Birthplace of Rump. 27
Rum in the Americas: The Spirit of 1776
Early Settlersp. 61
Thirsty Saintsp. 69
The Spirit of Celebrationp. 77
The Fishy Side of Rump. 85
The Great Spirit's Appointed Meansp. 99
The Caribbean, Rum, and Imperial Liquidityp. 115
Blame the Frenchp. 121
No Taxation!p. 125
Seven Years That Changed the Worldp. 131
After the War Was Overp. 147
Fast Run to Revolution: The Spirit of 1776p. 165
Rum and the Doctorsp. 181
Rolling Around the World
High Spiritsp. 205
Rum, Buggery, and the Lash: The Navy and Rump. 225
Rum around the Worldp. 255
Voodoo Spirit: Haitip. 271
Cuba Libre!p. 283
Prohibition and the End of the Heroic Age of Rum?p. 301
Bibliographyp. 313
Endnotesp. 325
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9781560258919
ISBN-10: 1560258918
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 18th August 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.97  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1