Before the rise of tourism, the island was prized for sugarcane. Vast fortunes were made during colonial times, and many of the island's historic great houses remain as reminders. Much of the sugarcane was processed into molasses, the main ingredient in rum. Appleton Estate, still one of the Caribbean's premier rum distillers, offers guided tours illustrating the history of rum making in the region. After a lively discussion of the days when sugarcane was crushed by donkey power, the tours move on to a behind-the-scenes look at the modern facility. After the tour, samples flow freely, and every visitor receives a complimentary bottle.