First Port Royal was known as “the wickedest city on earth,” a mecca for pirates, privateers, and prostitutes who enjoyed the spoils of this thriving coastal town in Jamaica. After the earthquake of 1692 caused two thirds of Port Royal to crash into the Caribbean Sea, they called it “the city that sank.” “It was one of the two largest cities in the English-colonized Americas, and about 2000 people died instantly. Another 3000 died after of injuries and disease. It was a huge catastrophe,” says Steve Stuempfle, chief curator of the Historical Museum of South Florida. The legend of Port Royal is that of a real-life Sodom and Gomorrah, a doomed Atlantis that was resurrected to frightening effect... More >>>