Port Royal is a town located on an island just outside Kingston, in southeastern Jamaica. It was first settled in 1509 when a group of Spanish settlers traveled there hoping to find gold. Instead, they set about enslaving the native Taino people.

Port Royal was a major Caribbean port and, most famously, a central site for pirate activity. Today, much of the town is focused on tourist appeal and historical venues, most of them featuring pirates. An earthquake in 1692 destroyed much of the old city, and ruins remain visible sunken underwater.

People Born in Port Royal

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Port Royal in People's Lives

Heike Makatsch: I traveled here in 2002 to film parts of the German TV mini-series Die Affare Semmeling

Henry Morgan: I was often here throughout the 1660's.

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