Sugar cane (saccharum officinarum) was introduced to the Americas by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage of discovery in 1493. Imported from the Canary Islands, it was first cultivated on Hispaniola island. Its history begins somewhere around 1640 when cane spirits made their first appearance on Barbados.
The first official mention of the word 'rum' appears on an Order from the Governor General of Jamaica dated July 8, 1661. Later, after the distillation process was improved by Father Jean Baptiste Labat, the Rum distilled on St Dominique began to gain a reputation in France where it compared well to the finest French Brandy. And so the French begin using the word 'rhum' to designate sugar cane spirits.
Today, rum has become the spirit of Haitian life, infused with Island warmth and a carrier of dreams, it is a fine, noble drink. From full bodied and aged flavors, to light refreshing white rums, it is a drink that is demanded
the world over.