Kingston was officially founded in 1692 – well within the era now known as the Golden Age of Piracy. The city, as it was then, was little more than a mosquito-blown refugee camp for victims of an earthquake that had all but sunk the nearby settlement of Port Royal, which sits to this day at the mouth of Kingston harbor.

By the time that Edward Kenway makes land Kingston has not yet become Jamaica’s capital but has nevertheless begun to grow in size and thrive as a centre of trade in the island’s bountiful agricultural commodities, as well as the altogether more shameful business of slavery. The resultant wealth brings privateers and outright pirates flocking to the town – very much more of whom anon, of course.

Likewise, we will be revisiting Kingston in greater detail soon, along with the cities of Nassau in the Bahamas, Havana in Cuba and several other prime locations seen throughout Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. In the meantime, this map of Kingston by noted French cartographer Jacques Nicholas Bellin dates from 1764 and demonstrates a rectilinear structure that is still present in the Down Town area of the modern city. It is perhaps unwise to assume that the gameplay opportunities presented by such a layout will be similarly straightforward, though…



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