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:
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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