And sugar has become an alternative to honey – edinstvennnoy European sweets. And Christopher Columbus in the xv century, sugar cane transported to the West Indies, where the plant is stuck. The first plantations were planted in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Of the novel and helped the Inquisition, raging in Brazil. From there on the island of the Caribbean Jews fled to the sea, already familiar with the process of distillation – the islands, they brought a recipe drink made from sugar cane. In Brazil, alcohol from sugar cane began to make much earlier. So do not assume Brazilian Cachaca rum kind – rather, it its progenitor. By the middle of xvii century, it is known that the islands produce rum, or – the so-called distillate before the word "rum".
One of the first evidence contained in the book of missionary Pierre du Tertre "General History of the Antilles, inhabited the French, written in 1657. The author wonders how the local can always eat a "tough and unpalatable drink. " Quickly gained popularity rum. His drunk pirates and slave traders – in Africa, they exchange the rum for slaves who were transported back to the island and sold them to planters cane. Rum drank by those who did not have money to expensive imported beverages – Madeira or brandy. Rum has long been a cheap and not very high quality – compared with European alcohols, passed a double distillation. Steps toward quality in the second half of the xix century, the Spanish government Islands has decided to expand the market for the consumption of rum.