Today, we celebrate the past by making this truly authentic island rum using time honored techniques and simple ingredients.
The island was named La Española and claimed by Spain, which ruled until the early 17th century. Competing claims and settlements by the French led to the western portion of the island being ceded to France, which named it Saint-Domingue. The spice trade and development of sugarcane plantations, worked by slaves brought from Africa, led to the colony being among the most lucrative in the world.
In the midst of the French Revolution, slaves and free people of color revolted in the Haitian Revolution, culminating in the abolition of slavery and the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte's army at the Battle of Vertières. Afterward the sovereign nation of Haiti was established on January 1, 1804 – the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Pioneers of freedom
The rebellion that began in 1791 was led by a former slave and the first black general of the French Army, Toussaint Louverture, whose military genius and political acumen transformed an entire society of slaves into an independent country. Upon his death in a prison in France, he was succeeded by his lieutenant, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who declared Haiti's sovereignty and later became the first Emperor of Haiti, Jacques I. The Haitian Revolution lasted nearly a decade; and apart from Alexandre Pétion, the first President of the Republic, all the first leaders of government were former
Pearl of the Antilles
The name Haïti was restored by Haitian revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines as the official name of independent Saint-Domingue, as a tribute to the Amerindian predecessors.
In French, Haiti's nickname is the Pearl of the Antilles (La Perle des Antilles) because of both its natural beauty, and the amount of wealth it accumulated for the Kingdom of France, as it was considered the richest colony owned by any of the European powers at the time.
Sugar and spice
Many things have changed in Haiti over the years but the two constants have been the high quality of the sugarcane crops and local use of wild herbs and spices in both food and beverage.
Today we honor the past
by using time-honored techniques that have been handed down to from generation to generation - using simple, local ingredients to make a truly authentic and world class rum.