On every bottle of BACARDI rum appear emblems of gold medals and the Spanish Coat of Arms awarded during the formative years of business. *Photo supplied

On every bottle of BACARDI rum appear emblems of gold medals and the Spanish Coat of Arms awarded during the formative years of business. *Photo supplied

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1876: BACARDI rum wins its first medal in Philadelphia at the Centennial International Exposition, the first major world’s fair to be held in the United States, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

1877: BACARDI rum wins its second medal in Madrid just before founder Don Facundo retires.

1881: BACARDI rum receives its first Cuban award in the city of Matanzas.

1888: BACARDI rum wins its fifth medal in Barcelona.

1888: BACARDI rum is granted the right to display the Spanish Coat of Arms on its labels as it is appointed “Purveyor to the Royal House of Spain.”

1889: BACARDI rum is honored at the Paris Exposition. The Eiffel Tower is unveiled to commemorate the exposition.

1893: BACARDI rum garners a medal in Chicago’s “White City” Exposition.

1895: BACARDI rum wins a medal at the Bordeaux Fair in France.

1900: BACARDI rum captures the top medal of the Paris Exposition.

1901: BACARDI rum is “awarded with a medal for the exquisite quality of its insuperable products ”in Buffalo, New York, at the Pan-American Exposition.

1902: BACARDI rum captures a medal in Charleston, South Carolina.

1904: BACARDI rum garners the international jury gold award at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

1911: BACARDI is presented with the top prize at the Gran Certamen Habanero in Havana, Cuba.

1915: BACARDI rum garners an award at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.

Astonishing and sustained success in the years to come would prove BACARDI rum was worthy of these accolades and medals – and many more. Today, BACARDI rum is the world’s best-selling and most-awarded rum.