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Bacardi Distillery, Cataño, Puerto Rico

[photo] Bacardi Distillery Bacardi Distillery, located in the municipality of Cataño, Puerto Rico, is the largest rum distillery in the world, sitting on a 137 acres lot, comprised of 44 major buildings and structures. The Bacardi Distillery, legally inscribed as the Bacardi Corporation, has been operating in its present location since 1947, even though the company has been operating in Puerto Rico since 1936. In 1862, in the city of Santiago in Cuba, Facundo Bacardi Massaó (1813-1886), a Catalan merchant, after going bankrupt in a sales-and-buying enterprise, started a little rum business. Desiring to make quality rum, he succeeded, and soon Bacardi became famous throughout Cuba.  The tradition of Bacardi rum production continued in the family, and in 1937 began rum production in Puerto Rico, which gave it easy access to U.S, markets.  The Bacardi Distillery in Cataño, Puerto Rico eventually produced so much rum that the loss of the Cuban holdings of the Bacardi family to Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1960, when the Bacardi operations were nationalized in Cuba, did not seriously affect their income and today the rum-manufacturer complex is the main rum producer in Puerto Rico and the most important rum exporter into the United States and an extremely significant representative of the Hispanic Caribbean heritage within the United States’ social and cultural network.

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