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Imbibe: A Lecture Series “a hot, hellish, & terrible liquor”: Rum & the Taste of Empire in Colonial North America
One of the first Europeans to taste rum, an English settler to Barbados named John Lingon, called the spirit “Kill-devil… a hot, hellish, and terrible liquor.” It wasn’t long, however, before his palate was in the minority. By the 18th century, rum was not only considered indispensable for Christmas parties, evening routs, and pirate ships, it was a commodity that greased the wheels of Britain’s empire and fuelled the rebels who sought to destroy it in 1776. From pantry to table-top, taverns to the top brass, this lecture will explore how colonial people (in both Canada and the US) drank, traded, and fought over Lingon’s terrible ‘rum-bullion.’

Jul 8, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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