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Jamaica's shipping commerce used to center around Port Royal in the 17th century. Port Royal came to be recognized as the "richest and wickedest city in the world". It was for pirates and privateers who bring their wealth here.
The place was also known for displaying its treasure and following loose moral.

Port Royal was place of attacking Spanish and French shipping encouraged by the British. It was destroyed due to an earthquake on June 7, 1692. Two third of the city sank into the Caribbean Sea. Thus Port Royal, the "City that sank" is considered to be the most important underwater archaeological site in the western hemisphere.

Pirates from around the world such as from Africa gathered at Port Royal. When the city sunk many of the pirate ships were destroyed. The harbor was safe for pirates. It was the favorite place of the Buccaneers. Interestingly enough even at times the Jamaican government asked for help from the pirates to save the city.

It came under the British rule in 1655. Port Royal was the then capital of Jamaica later replaced by Kingston. But it became one of the most important ports for the British colonizers.

From the appointment of Henry Morgan as lieutenant general the condition of Port Royal began to change. Slaves were sailed to a great extent. The citizens started disliking the reputation the city has earned so anti-piracy law was passed.

Now a days Port Royal is a well known tourist spot for its attractive beaches, where you can enjoy the sea foods. Fort Charles and environs, Fort Charles Maritime Museum is worth visiting while your stay at hotels likes Morgans Harbor Hotel.

Government has decided to develop Port Royal for its historical value and tourist attraction.


 
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