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February 4, 1862. The Bacardi  family, led by Don Facundo The Bacardí  Masso, bought a distillery in Santiago de Cuba. They threw away the rule book and made their own unique blends with a revolutionary rum-making process that would change the way rum was made forever. 

Emilio Bacardí  Moreau had two great loves; His rum and his country. He risked his life to fight for Cuba in its struggle for independence from Spain. In spite of arrests, imprisonment and exile he never gave up. His courage was rewarded on his return when he became the first freely elected Mayor of Santiago de Cuba. 1919. The US banned the manufacture and sale of alcohol. The party moved to Cuba where the Bacardi’s became legendary for their weekend long parties.