Originally form the Carribean and associated with the slave trade, rum is now manufactured all over the world.
Drinks from fermented cane sugar juice have been produced since ancient times and probably originated in India or China. In the 14th century Marco Polo recorded being offered "very good wine of sugar".
Rum as we know it today was first distilled in the 17th century on the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean and, tradition has it on the island of Barbados. It was first called Rumbullion or Kill-divil.
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