If you know anything about pirates, you may have heard of a special place in the Caribbean that was once the destination dreamed of by all pirates on the planet.
Located on the southeast coast of Jamaica, you can find the natural harbor of Port Royal, which in the days of the Buccaneers was the equivalent of modern Las Vegas but with a much more sinister advantage.
The small fishing village, which today is isolated from the rest of Jamaica, was once known as one of the largest European cities in the new world, and the land for many English pirates.
Jamaica has been characterized by a great historical, archeological cultural diversity as presented by the City of Port Royal which is full of pieces, which tell the daily life in the early days of the English colonization.
Port Royal, located at the mouth of Kingston Harbor, in southeastern Jamaica, was once the pirate capital of the Caribbean, where English and Dutch corsairs and pirates congregated to play, drink and give themselves all kinds of vices . For a while, Port Royal was dubbed the most perverse city on earth.
this city possessed a den of pirates, prostitutes and slavers as I had never known before the world there was much evil in this place ...
Its inhabitants free of expenses threw their money in gambling, whores and drink, it was a city of evil and impiety.
Wine and women drain their wealth to such an extent that some of them became reduced to begging.
Its streets saw everything, especially the waste of money that was made for the strangest pretexts, such as buying a barrel of wine and placing it on the street to force passers-by to drink it.
The streets of Port Royal were crammed with "undesirable people": prostitutes in search of customers, pirates and buccaneers planning their next assaults, paid mercenaries and all kinds of outlaws in port life, forming a large population that was supported by the market of The vices and piracy, showing a wealth that even the most cosmopolitan cities of that time could not boast.
The glory days of Port Royal did not last long. At the height of its resplendent wealth it ended on June 7, 1692, when a strong earthquake shook Jamaica. The sea swallowed the city killing 2,000 people and injuring another 3,000. Local clergy attributed the destruction of Port Royal as a punishment from God over people for their sinful ways.
Since then, another earthquake in 1907, several hurricanes, fires and various diseases that decimate the population have affected the city.
This city could never recover to its ancient era of abundance and success. Port Royal lived its days as a British naval station and today remains a small fishing village. The part of the city that lies at the bottom of the shallow sea is considered the most important underwater archaeological mine in the Western Hemisphere, producing many objects from the 16th and 17th centuries Cast iron pans and pots were still in the home with charred fire wood concreted on their surfaces. Piles of pewter plates were found as they fell from their storage space under the stairs in what was surmised to be the area of a building portion. Remains of children were found among the broken walls of his house. In addition, they discovered what were the remains of barrels that contained the garbage of the day, including clippings of the beard and hair of a man in an area of the courtyard. Many ceramics were found where they fell intact or broken.
To visit the ruins of Port Rotal you have to ask for special permits from the Jamaican government. If you do not want to complicate, you can also observe some vestiges recovered by researchers who are in the Museum of History and Ethnography of the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston