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Geographic Society of Chicago: Fall 2013 Travelogue Series

Cynthia Clampitt

“Yo Ho Ho” and a Bottle of Rum

Rum has had a wider impact on history than any other spirit.  Food historian Cynthia Clampitt shares the “geography” of rum:  the reason rum arose where it did and when it did, how pirates became associated with it, and the connection with coffee, tea, and chocolate.  She also explains (among other things) how rum was involved in uniting the thirteen colonies, why it was one of the issues that led to the American Revolution, and how it also led to a revolt in its next home after the Caribbean:  Australia.  Rum recipes will be shared.




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  • Judy B.

    Cynthia Clampitt is a wonderful presenter and her topic about the history/geography of rum was entertaining and interesting. Had comments about how wonderful the presentations have been.

    November 20, 2013

  • Salvatore C.

    I just read a book called 'Deadly Medicine', a detailed history about the effects of liquor on the native population. Rum played a big part.

    November 14, 2013

  • GS C.

    We will be in the Renaissance Court of the Chicago Cultural Center. Easiest way to find us is to enter the Cultural Center via the Randolph St Entrance.

    September 2, 2013

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