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■ In the 1800s, rum was con­sid­ered ex­cel­lent for clean­ing hair and strength­en­ing its roots. ■ More than 80 per cent of the world’s rum comes from the Caribbean. ■ The in­fa­mous Ad­mi­ral Nel­son that died in the Battle of Tralfager of 1805 had his body pre­served in a cask of rum be­fore it was laid to rest. ■ Twelve mil­lion gal­lons of rum were con­sumed an­nu­ally by the early colonists. ■ Rum has had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with piracy. While it be­gan due to English pri­va­teers trad­ing it as a valu­able com­mod­ity, many of th­ese pri­va­teers be­came pi­rates whose fond­ness for the sweet drink never van­ished.

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