The New Student's Reference Work/Kingston (Jamaica)


Kingston, the commercial and political capital of the island of Jamaica, stands on the northern side of one of the best harbors in the world.  It was founded in 1693–1703 after the town of Port Royal, six miles distant, had been destroyed by an earthquake.  Kingston suffered from a severe earthquake Jan. 14, 1907, which destroyed 1,100 lives, 6,000 buildings and caused a property loss of $25,000,000.  Population about 50,000.