The Port Royal Earthquake and the World of Wonders in Seventeenth-Century Jamaica

  title={The Port Royal Earthquake and the World of Wonders in Seventeenth-Century Jamaica},
  author={Matthew Mulcahy},
  journal={Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal},
  pages={391 - 421}
  • M. Mulcahy
  • Published 1 October 2008
  • History
  • Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
This article examines the great Port Royal earthquake of 1692 in the context of other earthquakes that struck Jamaica in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It argues that although most commentators viewed the tremendous devastation caused by the 1692 disaster as a divine judgment against Port Royal, a few observers suggested that the extent of damage also reflected geographic and architectural factors. It further argues that the frequent experience of earthquakes in Jamaica altered… 

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