Monthly Archives: September 2010

Port Royal Jamaica Exhibition

From the ‘wickedest city on earth’ to a thriving commercial centre of the New World, Port Royal, Jamaica… Continue

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The Legacy of the Spanish

The Spanish may have lost control of the island Continue

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)

Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón) was probably born in the Italian seaport of Genoa… Continue

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Xaymaca:

The competition between European nations for wealth, power and religious dominance in the New World began in the 15th Century… Continue

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The Business of Exploration

After failing to persuade the Portuguese King to sponsor an expedition, Christopher Columbus was able to convince the Spanish monarchs to finance his idea: to find a shorter and more profitable route to reach trading partners in Asia by traveling … Continue

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The Kingdom of Spain

The marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile in 1469 led to the creation of a united royal state, the precursor of the country now known as Spain.  Known as the “Catholic Monarchs” Ferdinand and Isabella oversaw … Continue

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Port Royal Jamaica – Virtual Tour

Experience a virtual tour of the Port Royal Jamaica exhibition! Continue

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Port Royal Jamaica

From the wickedest city on earth to a thriving commercial centre of the new world… Continue

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Maritime Trade and Piracy

Soon after their arrival in Jamaica in 1655, the English began mounting a defense of Port Royal against recapture by the Spanish… Continue

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Tradesmen and their Crafts

As Port Royal flourished, its cosmopolitan population created a demand for a wide range of tradesmen with specialized skills… Continue

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