Back in the days before Nintendo and MTV, people had very limited means of entertaining themselves. Perhaps coincidentally, the consumption of alcohol back then was pretty high too. In fact, President Washington was a big spender when it came to booze. How big? Over $6,000 from September 1775 to March 1776. Mostly on Madeira, and thank god for it. I think much of our first great general’s strategerizing was done over bottles of Madeira!
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