A True and Perfect Relation of that most Sad and Terrible Earthquake, at Port-Royal in Jamaica . . . 1692

Title

A True and Perfect Relation of that most Sad and Terrible Earthquake, at Port-Royal in Jamaica . . . 1692

Description

This image appeared on a broadside published in London not long after an earthquake and its tsunami devastrated the town of Port Royal on 7 June 1692. Based on a firsthand account of the event by an Englsh ship captain, the image includes details such as "Theives Robbing and Breaking open both Dwelling Houses and Ware-Houses" and "People Swallow'd up in the Earth, several as high as their Necks with their Heads above Ground." The publisher also described the earthquake as God's "Dreadful Warning to a Sleepy World."

Port Royal was one of the largest and wealthiest port towns in English colonial America, as well as the unofficial capital of Jamaica, a valuable sugar-producing colony. More than 2,000 people died in the earthquake and its tsunami, and thousands more succumbed to injuries and disease in the days that followed. After the earthquake, the town was partially rebuilt, but the provincial government relocated to Spanish Town and Kingston replaced Port Royal as the colony's chief commerical center.

Source

Captain Crocket (author) and R. Smith (printer)

Date

1692

Contributor

Cynthia A. Kierner

Format

Broadside

Type

Still image and text

Coverage

1450-1700

Files

Port Royal 1692.jpg

Citation

“A True and Perfect Relation of that most Sad and Terrible Earthquake, at Port-Royal in Jamaica . . . 1692,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2021, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/39.

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