Port Royal is a historic heritage (cultural) village located to the west of the Norman Manley International Airport, at the mouth of Kingston Harbour. Port Royal was once a city notorious for pirates and as the Western Hemisphere’s center for slaving operations. Natural disaster has also greatly affected the area, ranging from the massive earthquake in the 17th century which resulted in part of the city of Port Royal sinking, to major hurricanes and storms. Observations of ground fissures and tsunami formation reported within Kingston Harbour during both the 1692 and 1907 earthquakes indicate sea-floor deformation and active faulting may occur within the harbor during large earthquakes.
Map depicting Port Royal (1600s)
Photograph illustrating a modern Port Royal (2020)