Sited on the
leeward southeastern side of an island at coordinates 18
15 N, 77 30 W, Kingston is the primate city of Jamaica, with a
tropical climate that
is nestled between the Blue Mountain ranges and one of the world’s seven
deep-sea natural harbors.
Jamaica, has faced its share of disasters, natural
and unnatural. The city was initiated thanks to a string of disasters in a
nearby area. Kingston is still a disaster prone area, however Kingstonians
continue to brave hurricanes earthquakes and floods.
earthquake that destroyed Port Royal, the capital was moved to Spanish
Town, 13 miles from Kingston, Spanish Town remained the capital for over
After a fire
destroyed the New Port Royal in 1703, Kingston took on the function of the
leading commercial city. In
1872, it became the capital, and since then has become Jamaica’s primate
Kingston is the largest English-speaking city in the Caribbean, with a
population of approximately 566,2000.
It houses the seat of government, functions commercially, is a
cultural hub of the country, and offers a wide variety of entertainment
for visitors and the home population.
Entertainment includes activities ranging from great restaurants,
which serve wonderful traditional food, to botanical gardens, "sessions"
clubs and various concerts.
undergone several urbanization projects since it was established.
One of the major projects of the 20th century, included
the development of New Kingston. It
serves as a new financial and commercial center, taking over some of the
functions of Down Town Kingston.
continues development, it faces problems such as residential segregation
of the classes, environmental issues that include coastal pollution by
industrial waste, natural hazards (hurricanes), and high crime rates.
Kingston is a progressive city with a diverse population.
It has braved hurricanes, earthquakes, and recessions and continues
to tackle the various problems that comes with developing cites.