Port Royal, Jamaica
Back in the 17 century there was a city named Port Royal in Jamaica, known as “the wickedest city on earth” because it was a home of marauding pirates, brothels, carousing buccaneers, bars, looting and bad behavior. At the same time it was the most important and a very rich port in the New World trading with sugar and slaves. However, it paid for its sins in 1692 when a great earthquake and tsunami submerged a large part of the city and killed almost 2000 people. Several hurricanes and fires followed and the city never returned its glory.
Today divers can explore the ruins, and tourists can see many of the well preserved artifacts at Kingston’s Museums of History and Ethnography at the Institute of Jamaica. It’s really hard to believe that this quiet underwater city was once a home to a restless life.