Zaka Mauritius: the cultural melting pot. The history of rum in Mauritius is closely linked to the development of the sugarcane industry on the island. The Dutch were not only known as the first settlers but also those who have planted sugarcane imported from Java in 1639, then produced the first "eaux de vie decanne" in 1694.

The French arrived on the island in 1715 and created the first distillery in 1740. At that time, the rum was called Arak, a Creole term still used by some Mauritians to describe alcoholic drinks. Then, they introduced the Batavia sugarcane, which is more resistant and ideal for volcanic soils and the tropical climate of Mauritius.

At that time, rum was closely related to the celebrations and dances that formed, among slaves and peasants, the ritual of beginning and ending of harvest. The term Zaka also means "give, share", which is particularly true for Mauritians known for their sense of hospitality and generosity. Workers from India, Africa or Asia who have all worked on the plantations also had great respect for the land and its produce. The fusionof cultures has always represented Mauritius’ identity and is portrayed in Zaka Mauritius Rum.

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