Jan. 1, 2023

15: Boston Molasses Disaster

15: Boston Molasses Disaster

Molasses, the very item taxed that would lead to the famous cry about representation, is an interesting commodity. The syrupy molasses can also be distilled into industrial alcohol or ethanol to produce gunpowder and military explosives—a product needed in the revolution and World War 1, which America had entered in 1917.

Molasses is essential in the production of rum and weaponry, but it is also a sort of sugar substitute that can create sweet treats that are more accessible to underage stomachs—such as the molasses cookies given to children when learning about the following events.

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