In the 1950's, the political regime of Cuba became increasingly unstable. In 1960, the government seized Cuban businesses and confiscated all Bacardi's assets. The Bacardi family fled to exile in Nassau, Bahamas, where they continued to manufacture BACARDI Rum with the secret recipe and processes that they had used in Cuba. In the years that followed, BACARDI Rum's annual sales are more than 240 million bottles in 200 countries. This puts Bacardi as the world's largest rum company.
The story of the Bat begins in Santiago de Cuba, where the founder of Bacardi, Don Facundo Bacardi Massó began experimenting with the distillation of rum. In Order to supply his rums beyond his friends and family, he purchased a small tin roofed distillery for the price of 3,500 pesos. After entering the distillery, his wife noticed a colony of fruit bats hanging from the rafters.
Bats had great significance in Dona Amalia's world. As a lover of the arts, she knew that Cuba's extinct native people, the Taínos, regarded the bats as possessors of all cultural goods. And she knew from local lore that bats were popularly thought to bring good health, fortune and family unity. In search of an identifiable emblem, Don Facundo employed the bats as the trademark of his new rum.
Today, the BACARDI Bat is a welcome character in more than 200 countries around the world where Bacardi rum is...