Sales of Mojito have been boosted by the success of “Mojito” as an American song. Often, the rum label depicts a woman with her right hand raised at the hem of her skirt, holding a token in her left, gazing affectionately and intently into the sea. Who is the woman on the label? In fact, behind her heroic bearing, there is a vivid and beautiful love story about Cuba during the Spanish colonial period!
Take office and create a famous wine
At the end of the 15th century AD, the famous navigator Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic ocean and took with him sugarcane, a tropical crop, after discovering the rich and beautiful island of Cuba. Thought Cuba’s geographical environment and natural conditions is extremely suitable to the growth of sugarcane, patchy GanZheLin vertical and horizontal distribution, make Cuba from Spanish colonial, become worthy of the name “TianDao” world.
In addition to sugar cane, The Spanish also use yeast to make sugar cane raw materials fermentation and distillation, filtration, thus made a relatively simple sugar cane wine, and this taste sweet wine as a tribute to the King of Spain every year.
Spain, as the sovereign power over Cuba, has long regarded the island as the jewel of the Caribbean. In order to let Cuba sugar exported to all parts of the world, the Spanish specially built Havana seaport, and by the Spanish king appointed governor for governance. In the early 1530s, As the fourth governor of Cuba, Sodo took his newly married wife Ines on a ship bound for Havana.
At that time, such ocean-going ships were powered by sails and OARS without steam, so they needed to spend two months in the open sea to reach Cuba. Every day, young Inez and her husband, Sodo, walked the deck, looking out at the distant scenery. When they got tired, they went back to the dining-room and poured the usual glass of cane wine. The cane wine was given to Sodo and his wife as a gift by the King of Spain to encourage sodo to govern Cuba well.
Curiously enough, Sodo and his wife, Inez, both took a liking to sugarcane after drinking it several times. They found the sweet wine invigorating, invigorating and able to ward off fatigue. But the king did not give much wine, so Sodo and Ines could drink only a small glass at a time.
As the glass exudes a subtle aroma, they taste it slowly, and have a feeling of wanting more. Inez, in particular, was always excited. She looked at her husband with her clear eyes. “This wine is delicious, but they call it cane wine.
Sodo thought for a moment and said, “It is said that the first man to make this sweet wine was an Indian wizard named Rum. Let’s call it rum!” Inez nodded approvingly. “That’s a nice name!” But Inez was quick to ask uneasily, “Isn’t it wrong to name the Indians after the sweet wine favored by the King of Spain, when they are considered inferior people?”
Sodo solemnly said: “All men are created equal, it is their hard work, to bring a lot of wealth for Spain ah!” After that, the Cuban cane liquor was indeed called rum. And the first thing Soto and Ines did when they arrived at the Governor’s House in Havana, Cuba, was to visit some of the local famous rum workshops.
Sodo’s ancestors had served as a Spanish court winemaker, so he inherited his ancestors’ winemaking experience, through the investigation, he believed that the brewing process of rum needed to be improved, and he was determined to make this sweet wine popular all over the world during his term as governor. Since then, Sodo and his wife, Inez, have been working together, collecting secret brew recipes from the people during the day and returning to study them at night. Later, Sordo took advantage of the grand grounds of the Governor-general’s mansion to set up a wine-making workshop and make wine himself.
Sodo found that sugarcane wine has a unique advantage, that is, after the fermentation of the raw material decomposition, will produce a strange aroma, and this fragrance is not stimulating, sweet taste is not bored, especially suitable for European taste habits. Sodo took advantage of this property, and combined it with a recipe from the Spanish court, to produce the first popular liquors that could truly be called modern rum.
When the new rum was introduced, it not only made people drink it, but also attracted pirates of the Caribbean. They offered real money in exchange for delicious rum, much to the delight of The Governor of Cuba, Sodo. Sodo wanted to make more money to strengthen Havana’s coastal defenses, including the famous three permanent military castles, The Royale, Mauro and Punta. Because at that time, European colonial countries were expanding, Britain, France and the Netherlands and other countries coveted Cuba under the Spanish rule. Sodo built a strong castle and several times drove off the harassing British and Dutch navies. The King of Spain across the ocean learned of Sodo’s achievements, specially sent a letter to praise.
Let the assassin go. Who on earth
With Havana’s coastal defenses strengthened, Sodo was relieved. He spent his spare time enjoying the beauty of Cuba while trying to govern the colony as the King of Spain had ordered.
Expensive for the governor of the cable much is actually a romantic man, see his wife Inez to the island of Cuba’s flowers have a special liking, in the vicinity of the governor’s office to develop a vacant lot, the seeds of all kinds of flowers.
When the flowers blossomed and the air was filled with the intoxicant fragrance, Ines often took her ladies to admire it. Sodo called it “The Garden of Ines.” On starry summer nights, Sodo would take advantage of his rare leisure time and bring a few fine dishes to the Garden of Ines, where he and his wife would sit on the grass and drink.
One day, when they were drinking a mellow and sweet rum, Sodo smiled and said, “You have contributed to making such a good rum. I want to design a label with your picture on it, but I have never been able to complete the image.” Inez nestled gently in her husband’s broad, sturdy arms, eyes full of love. “Really?”
Sodo and Inez enjoyed their sweet love and felt very comfortable. But the good times did not last long, Sodo in a patrol, suddenly attacked by several masked assassins. Sodo’s guards fought back and all but one of the assassins were killed on the spot.
After interrogation, the captured assassin confessed that he was Nomu, the son of the late Indian wizard Rum. Sodo was surprised and asked, “Your father gave the former governor the recipe for cane wine, didn’t he?”
Normu nodded coolly. “Yes, my father was a good-hearted wizard who tried to please you Spaniards by offering his ancestral recipe for wine in exchange for the freedom of the Indians, but you bled us dry in your quest for riches…”
Sodo then found out that Nomu had joined a secret group of local Indians fighting for independence, which led to his involvement in the assassination. Although Sodo advocated the equality of people of all colors, he had to serve the King of Spain in the face of the violent actions of the Indian nation radicals under the premise of maintaining the Spanish colonial rule.
So the Cuban colonial government sent out the army to wipe out the Secret organization of the Indians. Sodo ordered his men not to kill innocently, but the undisciplined Spanish soldiers left many Indian villages in ruins.
This deepened the conflict between the Indians and the Spanish colonial authorities, and many young Indians fled the island to join the pirates. As a result, pirates of the Caribbean, who had cooperated with Cuba’s colonial authorities, changed their tune and began raiding ships en route from Cuba to Europe. This infuriated Sodo, who ordered a halt to barter with the pirates.
Unable to obtain Cuban rum, the pirates, in collusion with the British, continued armed interception of Spanish ships. Sodo led the colonial government’s navy on several voyages, but the cunning pirate ships left so quickly that Sodo was troubled.
As a warning to the rebellious Indians, Havana authorities sentenced Nomu to be hanged. Who knows in the execution of the night before, Nomu was secretly released. When Sodo heard the news, he thought that there was a traitor among the officials of the colonial government, but he investigated for a long time, but could not find out who secretly set Nomu free.
In 1539, European navigators proved the basic situation of the North American continent, immediately set off a new round of upsurge of robbing colonies. As Cuba is close to the Florida peninsula in the south of North America, the King of Spain issued an order for Sodo to lead the Cuban army to Florida, and his wife, Ines, could act as governor of Cuba during the expedition.
This order made Ines the only female governor of Spanish colonial America. The king of Spain decided to make this decision because Ines and her husband had improved the process of making rum, which impressed the alcohol-loving Spanish court and nobles, so they recommended Ines to act as governor of Cuba.
Husband Sodo is about to lead the fleet to battle, enes was honored as the governor of the hearts of mixed feelings. She knew that Florida was swampy and sparsely populated, and the natural environment was so different from that of the rich and fertile Cuba that she could not imagine her husband returning home without conquering not only rebellious natives but also the aggressive British colonial army.
The night before sodorin’s departure, she had a drink with Inez. After a few glasses of rum, they embraced each other while they were tipsy. Sodo looked at his ruddy wife with wistful eyes. “My dear,” he said, “guard the rich and beautiful island at your feet for me, and do not betray the king of Spain’s trust. When I’ve conquered Florida, I’ll be back with you…”
Inez hugged Sodo, afraid that if she let go, her husband would leave her. That night, Inez said nothing until Sodo got up to leave, only to find that his clothes were wet with his wife’s warm tears.
Waving the token, the eternal wine label
When news of Sodo’s expedition spread, pirates in the Caribbean saw an opportunity and, under the banner of recovering their homeland for the Indians, assembled ships and stormed Havana harbor. In the face of a grim situation, Ines to keep calm, determined to protect her husband’s pains to operate the Island of Cuba.
In order to ease the conflict between the colonial authorities and the Indians on the island, Ines issued laws and regulations to improve the living conditions of the Indians and improve their labor pay. After the internal general stability, Ines led the Havana military and civilian consensus outside, using her husband to build several military forts, continuous beat back the pirates of several attacks.
When the wily pirates saw that a frontal attack would not work, they sent a band of Indians who were skilled in climbing steep sea cliffs to sneak up to Cuba, intending to attack Ines from the flank. Thinking that the pirates could not get over the steep cliffs, Ines was so busy staring at the enemy from the sea that she did not realize that the Indians among the pirates were skilled climbers.
As the pirate ships feinted from the front, Inez stood majestically high, her right hand raised her skirt, her left hand clutching her golden token, and she fired her cannon at her command. As the token pointed, one cannonball whistled and exploded. The pirates, crying for their mother and father, made a hasty retreat in their burning ships.
Habana army and people witnessed the commanding style of female governor Inez, all thumbs up tut praise. An art lover, with great reverence, vividly recorded with her brush the scene of Inez commanding battle with pride and composure, token in hand. But at that moment the Indians, who had picked them up in the wings, suddenly attacked.
In the heat of battle, watching your life hang by a thread. Suddenly one of the Indians struck back and Inez was safe! Inez was surprised and delighted. “NORMu, I was right. You saved me!”
Turns out That Normu was set free by Inez. She took into account the fact that Nomu was the son of rum, an Indian wizard whose family had contributed to the creation of the popular rum. Moreover, the Rum family had great prestige among the Indians on the island of Cuba, and the execution of Nomu would only have led to more violent resistance.
Inez was afraid she wouldn’t be able to convince her husband, so she let Him go without his knowledge. And they had a cordial talk before Nomu left. Ines said she would work to improve the status of indians on the island and make them equal to Spaniards. Nomu promised that he would repay Enes for saving her life.
Although Nomu joined the pirate team, But Ines sincere words have always been in mind, so in the attack on Ines in the action, he would rather betray the people, but also desperate to save Ines. Inez kept Nomu by her side to help pacify the Indians on the island.
Four years passed, and Inez waited for news of the return of her husband, Sodo, hoping to see the triumphant return of the fleet. Then came the news that Sodo had contracted yellow fever and died in the army camp. Inez died in 1546 in a state of great grief and depression.
It was a long time before Cuba finally gained its independence from Spain. When Nomu’s descendants served as the leader of the Republic of Cuba, they sculpted a gold-plated bronze statue of Ines commanding a battle with a token in her hand in accordance with the will and paintings left by her father. The bronze statue was also reproduced as Havana’s weathervane, towering above the harbor tower.
In the mid-19th century AD, bacardi entered Cuba and monopolized rum production. In 1959, The Havana Club replaced Bacardi as the king of Cuban rum today. The label for Havana Club Rum features a weathervane on the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and she lifts her skirt in her right hand while holding a token in her left, looking away. She was the statue of Ines! It commemorates her poignant love and her contribution to the development of rum.
Modern American writer Ernest Hemingway once lived in Havana for a long time. He loved the city so much that, as he put it bluntly, “Rum was the catalyst for my writing, and without the scent of rum I could hardly write anything.” The Nickelback Tavern, which Hemingway frequented, has become one of Havana’s most famous attractions.
Of course, today’s rum is called Mojito by modern technology, but the logo remains the same: The image of Ines waving the flag, looking proudly ahead. Because the significance of rum is not only to meet the taste of people, but also to experience the charm of the soul of history!