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Old 10-13-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Columbus/Discovery Day.

Today is an important day in the history of the "New World" as the majority of countries in the region "celebrate" Columbus' discovery of the West Indies. But is it a day we should celebrate? (Mind you I always welcome a day of work whatever the reason!) Columbus is the person responsible for bringing sugar cane to the Caribbean, but his discovery meant the eradication of the native population of Indians who were the first slaves in the Caribbean and eventually the introduction of African slavery to the region due to the success of sugar cane plantations.
As rum lovers we have a lot to thank him for, but he incidentally changed the whole demographic population of the region. We are far removed from 1492 but the legacy will be here forever.
The Rumelier
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