Jamaica Port Royal

Eye Witness Account of the 1692 Earthquake in Port Royal, Jamaica.

The following newspaper article was published in 1756, in four parts over four weeks. It is a first person account of the 1692 earthquake, which destroyed the town. Captured in two letters written on June 22 and June 28th, 1692 by the Anglican rector of Port Royal, Emmanuel Heath, a survivor of the earthquake, the letters provide a vivid imagery of the destruction and sheer terror experienced by survivors and those who perished. Thousands were killed, buried alive or swept away, with a large part of the town being swallowed by the sea.