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Automobile wreckage in the aftermath of the great hurricane. Miami: 1926

The Great Miami Hurricane was a category 5 intense tropical cyclone that devastated the Greater Miami area and caused catastrophic damage throughout Florida and the Gulf Coast in September 1926. Approximately 38,000 people were homeless following the hurricane.

This 1926 Miami storm was a pivotal event in the history and lore of today’s Caribbean Moonshine. It is rumored to have caused the crew of the Nohab to seek shelter in the Everglades during the storm and after the storm, stranded them there long enough for them to create the origins of today’s Caribbean Moonshine by combining fruit from the Caribbean Islands with the local spring waters.

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