(Elsewhere in the world, Cuban rum is readily available.) The goods were not illegal in the U. per se, but Americans traveling abroad were only allowed to bring in $100 worth of it at a time."Cuban rum is forbidden fruit, so everyone wants it," says Martin Cate, owner of Smuggler's Cove, a rum bar in San Francisco.
"And most Americans are only ever exposed to it when on vacation, where everything tastes better.
In 1982, I was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives and the Florida Senate in 1986, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in either body.
In the state legislature, I sponsored the legislation for the Florida Pre Paid College Program, which is now the largest pre-paid college tuition program in the nation. House of Representatives in 1989-- the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress--following a special election to fill the seat held by the late Claude Pepper. I remain committed to improving the lives of my constituents and our beautiful South Florida community.
The spirit is a core part of Cuba's national identity and has, along with cigars, fueled the country's economy for decades.