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Sugar production, for decades past, was the backbone of the Barbados economy

The first mention of sugar-based spirits were in Barbados records from around 1650. They were called “kill-devil” or “rumbullion” and were tied directly to the flourishing sugarcane industry. They were often flavored with local fruits and spices and quickly assumed a dominant role in the 17th century Caribbean economy controlled by colonial European Nations.

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