Posted by: shrewspeaks | August 12, 2008

Molasses, Rum, Slaves and Pineapples…

The pineapple was first used as a sign of hospitality in Newport, RI.  Sailors would be at sea for months or years at a a clip.  

The last stop would be generally to the West Indies for the precious sugar cane to make the famous Newport Rum to trade for slaves in Africa.  

On the way home, the sailors would pick-up pineapples from the tropical climate zones. When the sailor was ready to receive guests, that pineapple would be placed outside his door.  Ironic beginnings to the symbol, don’t you think?

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