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17 Textbook discussions of “American” triangular trade state that ships from New England picked up molasses in the Caribbean and brought it to New England, where it was converted to rum. The rum was then shipped to Africa and traded for slaves, who were transported to the Caribbean. 18 The best estimate is that North American ships carried 145,000 slaves to the New World prior to 1808—slightly less than 5 percent of the total number of slaves transported on British ships. Although American rum was traded, it was inferior to rum made in the Caribbean or England.

The British tax on molasses contributed to the American Revolution. Rum was a key element in the slave trade, which enslaved millions of men, women, and children; slavery, in turn, was a major cause of the Civil War, in which hundreds of thousands of Americans died. Finally, drunkenness associated with rum was a precipitating factor in the rise of the temperance movement, which led to Prohibition in the twentieth century. indb 38 27/09/12 10:04 AM An Essential Ingredient in American Independence Postscript l Rum’s major selling point for most of American history was its low cost, and the rum was usually mixed with other ingredients.

Sugarcane, which has the highest sugar content of any plant, was cultivated mainly for the production of table sugar. Once cane is cut, however, it begins to ferment, and people who lived near and worked in cane fields drank mildly alcoholic cane-based beverages. In the seventeenth century, cane juice was subjected to distillation, a process that increases its alcohol content exponentially. By this processing of sugarcane, rum was born. The first steps in sugar manufacturing were to crush the cane to release its juice and boil the juice down to a thick syrup.

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