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It was founded in 1692 as the site of refugee camp after an earthquake hit the nearby city of Port Royal. Today, the cities have both grown so that they are almost touching each other.
Kingston is known for its easygoing and freespirited nature, as a population vacation and cruise destination, for its tropical beaches, its natural harbor, and negatively for its dirtiness, poverty, and crime rate.
People Born in Kingston
Kingston in People's Lives
Connie Talbot: I traveled here in 2008 in order to film a music video of the song "Three Little Birds" for my upcoming album. I loved the vacation, and considered it one if the best parts of making my first album.
Heike Makatsch: I traveled here in 2002 to film parts of the German TV mini-series Die Affare Semmeling.
Henry Morgan: I first came here around 1655, as a young man whose uncle was Governor. I got married here and began a career in piracy. Over the next two decades, I became one of the wealthiest, most notorious pirates of all time, and frequently visited here. If I had to name one place as my home, it would be the sea. However, if pressed to name a land-based home, it would be this city. I visited frequently - meaning perhaps twice a year. After being knighted for my "privateering" efforts against Spain, I was made Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica in 1674, and lived in the governor's palace here until the post was forcibly taken from me in 1681. Depressed and humiliated, I gained weight and drank constantly, and became known in town as a fat drunk. I was suspended from the Jamaican Council, though I did later serve as an honorary member for four years until my death in 1688. I died of general ill health and tuberculosis, and was buried in the Palisadoes Cemetary, which sunk beneath the sea a few years later, in a 1692 earthquake. And so, in the end, I got to rest forever beneath the Caribbean Sea, which for so many years, had truly been mine.
Jack London: I honeymooned here with my second wife, Charmian Kittredge, in January of 1906.
Reeva Steenkamp: I traveled here to film episodes of the TV show Tropika Island of Treasure in 2013. I loved the island and my vacation. Two weeks before the show aired, I was murdered, and the season was dedicated as a tribute to me.
Ruth Wilson: I traveled here from England to film the movie Small Island in 2008.