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In the late 18th century, Severo Arango y Ferro arrived in Cartagena de Indias in Nueva Granada (present-day Colombia), he had plans to improve tax collection for Spain in the American Spanish colonies. His strong and powerful nature was quickly recognised and he was soon dubbed "DICTADOR". 

Then came the moment when he fell in love at first sight (and taste): he discovered rum. His devotion and affection for the tropicl elixir drove him to become a key trader of exotic sugar cane spirits, which at the time were considered a currency in the region.

In 1913, almost 180 years after DICTADOR's myth was conceived, one of his descendants established Destileria Colombiana. Don Julio Arango y Parra spent years researching DICTADOR's myth as well as the intricacies of rum production in order to become the finest Colombian rum producer in the Caribbean Zone, while dedicating his life to honouring his forefather's legacy.

Determined to showcase DICTADOR's success and unique flavour profile on a global scale, the third generation of the familiy sought to expand and share thier beautiful liquid around the globe. In 2009, savvy international investors came on board and helped to make DICTADOR one of the most-loved and awarded Colombian rums in the world.