Bacardi celebrates 150 years

The iconic Cuban rum company, Bacardí, which managed to survive the thieving hands of the Castro dictatorship, celebrates its 150th birthday this year.

The Miami Herald has a timeline of the company’s century and a half history:

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Don Facundo Bacardí Massó

1862: Bacardi is founded by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó in Santiago de Cuba.

1898: In Daiquirí, Cuba, American mining engineer Jennings S. Cox originates the Daiquirí cocktail made with Bacardi rum.

1900: The world’s first Cuba Libre is created when Bacardi rum and Coca-Cola are mixed with lime to celebrate the end of the Spanish-American War in Cuba.

1919: Prohibition becomes law in the United States and Americans flock to Cuba to drink Bacardi rum.

1930: The iconic Edificio Bacardi opens in Havana and celebrities frequent its Art Deco bar.

1930s: Bacardi establishes facilities in Mexico and Puerto Rico. The facility at Cataño, Puerto Rico is the largest premium rum distillery in the world.

1944: Bacardi establishes an imports company in New York City to supply the United States market.

1960: Bacardi operations in Cuba are illegally confiscated without compensation by the Cuban government. Bacardi continues its operations from four other countries: the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

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