David Cordingly describes the seafaring daredevil who pirated the Caribbean years after Columbus' arrival, and tells of a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, dedicated to their kind. The first tremor was felt at twenty minutes to twelve on the morning of June 7th, , and it was followed by two more which caused the ground to move in a series of undulations like waves. Brick and stone buildings collapsed and a large section of the town along the northern waterfront slid beneath the sea. Of the many eye-witness accounts few give a more poignant picture of personal tragedy than that of John Pike, who wrote to his brother twelve days after the event. The shake opened the earth, the water flew up and carried the people in quick. I lost my wife, my son, a 'prentice, a white maid and six slaves and all that ever I had in the world'. Please email digital historytoday. Pirates and Port Royal. To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive.
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While visiting Kingston, we decided to drive to the old town, or what's left of it. Just a small village now and a small museum. Interesting to see the location of what used to be one of the most famous pirate ports in the World. The Giddy House is weird to see, and it's quite scarey to see what an earthquake can do to a town. Most of the town simply disappeared into the sea. Even some of the sailor's graveyard ended up in the sea. It's quite a long lonely drive out there, but worth it just for the experience. If you are visiting Kingston, this is a great extension to your trip.
Port Royal is a village located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of Kingston Harbour , in southeastern Jamaica. Founded in by the Spanish , it was once the largest city in the Caribbean , functioning as the centre of shipping and commerce in the Caribbean Sea by the latter half of the 17th century. Severe hurricanes have regularly damaged it. Another severe earthquake occurred in Port Royal was once home to privateers who were encouraged to attack Habsburg Spain 's vessels at a time when smaller European powers dared not make war on Spain directly.