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Would You Buy French or British Sugar?

Rum is made from molasses.

In the early 1700s Americans found it much cheaper to buy their molasses from French colonies in the Carribean, rather than British ones. When these British molasses producers went crying home to mama, the English crown responded by placing steep tarrifs on America’s import of all French sugar products.

The seed of defiance had already taken root in the American colonies, and our predacessors took to smuggling, rather than paying duties on French sugar or buying British. So prolific was America’s sugar smuggling that England collected all of £2 on French sugar for the entire year of 1735. This roughly equates to $168 (£128) today.

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Billions in Booze Busine$$

Unless no drinking whatsoever goes on in your country, the chances are pretty good that the Booze Industry contributes a great deal of money to your economy. I count myself among the brewers, bartenders, servers, beer distributors, truck drivers, hop farmers, scientists, sales professionals, and marketing specialists who benefit from the $328 billion injected into the U.S. economy courtesy of the Beer Industry in 2017.

While Big Beer lead the way in economic booze-contribution, the Wine Industry weighed in at $220 billion; and the Liquor Industry played the part of $178 billion.

If you have been considering a change in career-scenery, I find this industry proves quite rewarding!

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Colonial Rum Ran Dirt Cheap

Colonists in pre-Revolutionary War America loved to drink, and by and large the easiest liquor to come by (especially in New England) was Rum. This potent potable found its way so ingrained in the daily life of colonists that it regularly substituted currency as payment for goods, services, and wages.

When people wanted to buy (instead of trade for) Rum, in 1700 it cost the equivalent of $4.00 today for a 750 mL bottle.

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