Call Us: 1 (201) 861-2056

Book4


All about the distilled spirit that fueled the slave trade and sparked the American Revolution.

Nation correspondent Williams documents the etymological origins of rum–”kill-devil” is one especially pungent early name for the stuff. In the Caribbean, especially Barbados, massive plantations grew the bulk of the cane that could be transformed into what the English for a time called “Barbados Waters.” The brutal work of sugar production required untold numbers of slaves, a vital component of 18th-century trading among Africa, the Caribbean and the New England colonies. Williams highlights just how lucrative and corrupting the business was, comparing the colonial-era Caribbean to today’s petroleum-enriched Middle East. He ascribes to the rum business the origins of the French-Indian War and the American Revolution. During the 1760s, colonists smuggled one barrel of rum for every two that were legally taxed, and their desire for cheap liquor whipped up plenty of anti-Crown sentiment. The story becomes less colorful as it comes closer to modern times: Life at sea just isn’t as much fun once British and American navies stop issuing grog rations; and the consolidating efforts of substandard producers like Bacardi are hardly as interesting, though arguably less reprehensible, than the activities of those who sold “the rum that was made from the molasses that had been traded for cod . . . then bartered in West Africa for yet more slaves.” Nonetheless, Williams (himself an avid collector of rumabilia) keeps his narrative chatty and informative to the end.

Rambunctious, rollicking history, sodden with tasty lore.

Author: Ian Williams
Hard Cover
$25.95

Latest Blogs

  • August 6, 2017
    August 6, 2017
    August 7, 2017 by
    Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport (right), chats with U.S. Virgin Islands...
  • July 30, 2017
    July 30, 2017
    July 30, 2017 by
    Beverly Nicholson-Doty “It’s great to see the U.S. Virgin Islands positioned among the...
  • April 16, 2017
    April 16, 2017
    April 17, 2017 by
    Dr. Basil Springer “If all parents were to exercise their responsibilities to lay...
  • January 15, 2017
    January 15, 2017
    January 15, 2017 by
    Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil “Saving a life is a lot more important than putting...
  • January 1, 2017
    January 1, 2017
    January 1, 2017 by
      Reverend A.R. Bernard Sr. “Many people want to be in positions of power...

Blog Calendar

September 2017
S M T W T F S
« Aug    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Recent Comments

Blog Archives

Marketplace Excellence Corp.

1812 Front Street
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, USA.
Phone: 1+ (201) 861-2056
Fax: 1+ (770) 886-4490

Normal Business Hours (East Coast Time)

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:
Major Holidays:
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
Closed
Closed
Closed