Friday, March 7, 2008

Rum Cash cow from sugar

Another important source of income for the cane plantation owners was Rum made from distilling molasses. The English planters in the West Indies were the first sugar makers to discover this. The muscovado would yield molasses this would be mixed with inferior cane juice and skimmings and let it ferment for about week. The Rum provided more income being of higher price then molasses and gave an outet for this byproduct of sugar. A distellery was standard at every plantation.
Surar and slaves-Richard S. Dunn Pg. 196

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