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    Facundo Bacardi Massó Legal Filing Signed. Three pages, 8" x 12.25", on seal paper for the years 1844 and 1845. Santiago de Cuba, August 7, 1845. In Spanish (untranslated), Bacardi submits a filing on behalf of his mine registered under the name Sitges (town of his birth in Spain) announcing that he has discovered minerals on land adjoining his mine and is requesting the rights to mine said minerals. Signed "Facundo Bacardi" at the top of page two at the end of his petition. What follows is the court ruling in response to Bacardi's petition. Together with a related document regarding the same case. A scarce signature from one of Bacardi's early business ventures.

    A native of Spain, Bacardi joined his brothers in Cuba in the 1830s. With their help, he established a small mercantile business in 1844. That same year he married Amalia Moreau, a wealthy French woman. The document offered here dates from 1845, and is an example of the new business ventures Bacardi was now able to endeavor backed by his wife's fortune.

    The couple had four children, Emilio, Juan, Facundo Jr., Maria, and Jose; 2 of whom died during an earthquake and cholera epidemic in 1852. Facundo moved his family to safety in Spain, but upon his return, could not recover his business interests and was soon bankrupt in 1855.

    This bankruptcy was the catalyst for his experimentation with the process of distilling rum. In partnership with a French Cuban by the name of Jose Leon Boutellier, they developed a more refined rum which they sold through one of his brother's store. It was Facundo's idea to establish a brand for the rum, and all shipments were soon sealed with a signature "Bacardi M" and the now iconic bat. With the help of his brothers, the partners established a full-fledged distillery in 1862. Bacardi rum soon gained a worldwide audience.

    Condition: Uneven toning, and some dampstaining. Trimmed at right margins, where pages were removed from a larger binding. Minor chipping along right margin, not affecting text.



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    A native of Spain, Bacardi joined his brothers in Cuba in the 1830s. With their help, he established a small mercantile business in 1844. That same year he married Amalia Moreau, a wealthy French woman.

    The couple had four children, Emilio, Juan, Facundo Jr., Maria, and Jose; 2 of whom died during an earthquake and cholera epidemic in 1852. Facundo moved his family to safety in Spain, but upon his return, could not recover his business interests and was soon bankrupt in 1855.

    This bankruptcy was the catalyst for his experimentation with the process of distilling rum. In partnership with a French Cuban by the name of Jose Leon Boutellier, they developed a more refined rum which they sold through one of his brother's store. It was Facundo's idea to establish a brand for the rum, and all shipments were soon sealed with a signature "Bacardi M" and the now iconic bat. With the help of his brothers, the partners established a full-fledged distillery in 1862. Bacardi rum soon gained a worldwide audience.



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