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Port Royal

September 5th, 2012 by Piper Smith

The center for wrecking in the Caribbean shifted in the latter portion of the 17th century. The new Caribbean station for wrecking became Port Royal, Jamaica. William Phips, the royally appointed governor of Massachusetts Bay, traveled to Jamaica to recruit divers. Phips ended up using these divers to salvage treasure from a Spanish wreck on the north shore of what is now called the Dominican Republic. From this Caribbean shipwreck, he recovered the largest amount of treasure from a singular wreck at that time in history.