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Plan Of Port Royal Jamaica, As It Stood Previous To The Earthquake

Plan Of Port Royal Jamaica, As It Stood Previous To The Earthquake

Cartographer: Unknown

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add. 57717

Item number: 10

Length: 38.9

Width: 49.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Map

Plan of Port Royal as it was before the devastating earthquake of 1692. In the late 17th century Port Royal was a large and economically prosperous town due to its central location and deep harbour which attracted trade from across the Caribbean islands. When the earthquake struck, 33 acres of land sank into the harbour, killing a third1 in 3 of the population - about 2000 people. In the following days there were further minor shocks and it is estimated that between 1000 ? 3000 more people died from injuries and disease. The map is coloured to clearly reveal the extent of the destruction. Areas of red and yellow shading show what was left of the town after the earthquake, the blue depicts land reclaimed from the sea, and white is used to show areas that were completely destroyed.

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