Kingston, Jamaica

Mapping Urbanization and Social Change

1702 Addition

An addition was made in 1702, Lieutenant Governor Beeston owned the mud accumulations on Harbour Street. Originally, he said that Harbour Street should always be used as a public street. Unfortunately he went back on his word and a conflict arose. Clarke (2006) explains, “…he subdivided the new land on resigning the governorship and sold or rented the lots to merchants and warehouse keepers, many of whom had been established at Port Royal until the second disaster in 1703. The livelihood of the merchants on the north side of Harbour Street was jeopardized by this scheme and an act eventually passed in 1712 ordering the demolition of the premises, which had been built and returned to the Crown of the land and shoal water, which were in dispute. This was disallowed by the King-in-Council, and legal recognition was given to the thoroughfare located on the reclaimed land and appropriately named Port Royal Street.”

Figure 1: Michael Hay’s town plans for an addition to Kingston from Kingston Jamaica. 

Four more additions were added to the town plan before 1820. The reclaimed land adjoining Port Royal Street and on the St Andrew Side of North and West Streets were surveyed. To the East, the large extension completely altered the grid and the shape of the town to resemble an “L”. The new lots were identical in shape, size, and alignment, so they were integrated with the old plan. Expansion was limited to the west due to the marshland. This addition added 100 more acres.

Map credit:

Clarke, C. G. (2006). Kingston, Jamaica: Urban Development and Social Change, 1692- 2002. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle.

 

Bibliography:

Black, C. V. B. (1958). History of Jamaica. London: Collins Clear-Type Press.

 

Clarke, C. G. (2006). Kingston, Jamaica: Urban Development and Social Change, 1692- 2002. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle.

 

Figueredo, D. H., & Argote-Freyre, F. (2008). A brief history of the Caribbean. New York: Facts on File.

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