You love the commercials, you love the rum, and unfortunately you kinda day-dreamed your way through AP U.S. History so you have no idea if the man behind Captain Morgan Rum is in fact real.
Thankfully, the good folks over at Captain Morgan have made my second “Liquor Fact Or Fiction” column quite easy thanks to their Frequently Asked Questions page. Here’s a direct quote from their site in regards to whether or not Captain Morgan is a real person: “Captain Henry Morgan certainly was a real person, a larger than life personality full of the adventure and spice our brand embodies.” There you have it. And here’s a little more info on our dearest Captain Morgan, again taken from CaptainMorgan.com.
In 1654 a young Henry Morgan left his native Wales for the West Indies. He never looked back. A born leader, he quickly made became Captain Henry Morgan and became famous as a legal pirate or Buccaneer, defending British interests and generally rocking the Caribbean. Captain Morgan’s awesome exploits on the high seas earned him a knighthood and by 1680 Sir Henry Morgan was a plantation owner and Governor of Jamaica. There he lived out his final days until his death in 1688.
Centuries later Henry Morgan became the figurehead for a company that became as famous as the man himself… The Captain Morgan Rum Company.
Just like that this has suddenly become an episode of “When Keeping It Lushworthy Goes Wrong.” What stood out to me the most from that brief bio on Captain Morgan was the “plantation owner” part and after a bit of research I found out that he did in fact own slaves. This obviously isn’t terribly surprising given that particular time period, but still a bit disturbing. I think it’s entirely safe to say that Captain Morgan was in fact a real person it’s just he likely wasn’t that fun-loving, charming guy we see in commercials.