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Port Royal, Jamaica [Hardcover]

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The modern-day town of Port Royal, Jamaica, bears little evidence of its spectacular past. In Port Royal Jamaica, Pawson and Buisseret detail the establishment of the town of Port Royal in the second half of the seventeenth century, in the heyday of privateering. The town was critical to the successful colonization of Jamaica by the British and pivotal to British mercantile activity, but is best known for the activities of its swashbuckling pirates.

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Studio: University of the West Indies Press
Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   University of West Indies Press
ISBN  9766400989  
ISBN13  9789766400989  

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A Fascinating History of Port Royal  Sep 2, 2001
With its wealth of detail & eyewitness accounts (numerous direct quotes from visitors, residents, and administrators of Port Royal), this book is a treasure trove for anyone who wants to learn about the same wicked town familiar to the pirates & buccaneers of the late 17th century.
Having recently traveled to Port Royal, it was still difficult to imagine the city in its heyday. The city (now actually a sleepy village) and its surroundings has been changed so much by disaster (three major earthquakes, more than a dozen hurricanes, and several fires) and natural evolution. The biggest change came when two-thirds of the city sunk under the water in the 1692 earthquake. It's as if the pre-1692 city existed in an alternate universe, with the boundaries slightly shifted, and the veil of time cast in between. The accounts in this book help to lift several of the veils to provide a glimpse of what the famous Port Royal might have looked like - the city where buccaneers walked the street, the "Sodom & Gomorrah" of the New World, a city that rivaled Boston in size and shipping traffic.
The 1st edition of this book was published in 1974, but this 2nd edition has been able to include many of the findings of archeological work and research done in the interim. Fascinating tales abound within it's pages about the ship captain turned pirate who easily escaped from the prison, about the return home of the governor's widow, of the petty infighting between Lt. Governor Morgan (the famous ex-pirate) and new Governor Lord Vaughn, and much more.
See plans of the streets and buildings of Port Royal. Read of everyday life in this city, of the grandeur of gala receptions and celebrations for the King's birthday, of the various religions represented (including Quakers and Jews). Fird hand descriptions of actual taverns and brothels are given, including accounts of the available activities and entertainments.
Following an entire chapter on the 1692 earthquake, subsequent chapters tell of the strategic importance held by this English naval port where many famous British officers were stationed (including Admiral Nelson), on up to modern times.
The various charts and lists in the Appendices are fascinating to pour over: names of ships, tradesmen and craftsmen, ministers, and even taverns. While full of details, footnotes, and references, this book is written in a very approachable fashion, and will interest the casual reader as well as the scholar. Whether researching for an historical book, a fictional story, movie, documentary, or developing a reenacted persona, if you have any interest in the history of Port Royal, or of Jamaica in general, I can not recommend this book enough.

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