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    All you need to know about AC4 locations

    Here you will find key information (updated to 1715) about the 3 main locations in Black Flag, plus the landmarks that existed at that time. Enjoy!

    Nassau, New Providence (small city, under pirate control)



    The port of Nassau, capital of the Bahama Islands, and located on New Providence Island, was well known as the main site of pirate operations in the early 1700s. During the 'Golden Age of Piracy" many pirates would gather at the Port of Nassau to set up their base camps, having easy access to attack the trade and merchant ships passing by.

    The port had two well-guarded entrances which provided additional security to the inhabitants. The island had been abandoned by the British in 1704 after attacks by the the Spanish and French. Later, a pirate captain named Henry Jennings established his base on the largely abandoned port of Nassau in 1713. By the year 1715, many pirates had followed suit and built their own bases along side Jennings. The population grew to over two thousand and was considered to be the greatest concentration of pirates in the New World. With Nassau's convenient location, Caribbean trade was almost done away with due to the pirates targeting passing ships.

    The legendary pirate, Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, set up base in Nassau among other well-known pirates, Jack Rackham, Charles Vane and Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. They would spend time repairing their ships and spending their loot in town. Also, the smaller 'out islands' were ideal locations to careen their ships for the purpose of cleaning the hull to obtain greater speed at sea.

    In 1718, a naval commander named Woodes Rogers was sent to New Providence Island to drive out the pirates. He arrived in Nassau with a generous offer, a complete pardon to any pirate who would turn themselves in and renounce their crimes. Many pirates surrendered and took the deal. For those who declined this arrangement, troops were sent back to deal with them. Many pirates made a daring escape to freedom, some burning ships to draw the troops' attention away from themselves. Rogers took over New Providence where pirates were no longer welcome. Those who took the pardon were employed to help hunt down the escaping pirates. Any that were caught, were hung. Woodes Rogers then became the first Royal Governor of the Bahama Islands. Rogers settled down in Nassau. His slogan was, 'Piracy expelled, commerce restored', which remained the motto until just after Rogers' mysterious death in 1732.

    Landmarks:

    - Blackbeard's Tower: It was said that Teach had his crew build this tower on the highest piece of land overlooking the ocean, so that he could terrorize passing ships.


    Kingston, Jamaica
    (medium sized city, under British control)




    Kingston was founded in July 1692 as a place for refugees and survivors of the 1692 earthquake that destroyed Port Royal. Before the earthquake, Kingston’s functions were purely agricultural. The earthquake survivors set up a refugee camp on the sea front. Initially the refugees lived in a tented camp on Colonel Barry's Hog Crawle, where approximately two thousand people died due to mosquito-borne diseases. The town did not begin to grow until after the further destruction of Port Royal by the Nick Catania Pirate Fleet's fire in 1703. Surveyor John Goffe drew up a plan for the town based on a grid bounded by North, East, West and Harbor Streets. By 1716 it had become the largest town and the center of trade for Jamaica. The government sold land to people with the regulation that they purchase no more than the amount of the land that they owned in Port Royal, and only land on the sea front. Gradually, wealthy merchants began to move their residences from above their businesses to the farm lands north on the plains of Liguanea.

    Landmarks


    Port Royal: The original shipping centre in Jamaica, notorious for the activities of pirates who displayed their wealth and loose morals in the 17th century. The port was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692 and two thirds of the city sank into the Caribbean Sea. It was then known as the “City that Sank”, and had several sunken pirate ships in the harbor. After the 1692 disaster, Port Royal's commercial role was steadily taken over by the town (and later, city) of Kingston. Some attempts were made to rebuild the city, but these met with numerous disasters. An initial attempt at rebuilding was again destroyed in 1703 by fire. Subsequent rebuilding was hampered by several hurricanes in the first half of the 18th century, including flooding from the sea in 1722.

    St. Peter's Church: The original Church was destroyed by the great earthquake of 1692 in Port Royal. A second Church which was constructed shortly after was destroyed by fire in 1703. It was rebuilt between 1725-1726.

    Fort Charles: The first fort to be erected in Port Royal. It was built in the late 1650-60 and was originally called Fort Cromwell but was renamed Fort Charles. The fort underwent several changes between 1656-1670. In 1667, the fort had 36 guns and by 1765 it had 104 guns and a garrison with 500 men.

    Fort Nugent: Harbour View was the site of this Fort which was first built by the Spanish slave agent in Jamaica, James Castillo, in 1709 to guard his home against attack.

    Fort Morgan: Between 1678 and 1680, the vulnerable sea front area between forts Rupert and Charles was protected with construction of Fort Morgan. Fort Morgan mounted 26 guns, but it is believed that it might merely have been a battery of guns in a line along the shore. It is sometimes referred to as Morgan's Line.

    Rockfort: Located at what was once called Harbour Head. Rockfort was fortified as protection against the possibility of a French invasion from Santo Domingo under the command of Ducasse in 1694. With the earthquake which destroyed most of Port Royal and its fortification, the eastern end of the city became vulnerable to attack. Rockfort had two bastions which mounted 21 guns and a small powder magazine and other equipment of war necessary for defence. A small battery of six guns was also a part of the defence of Rockfort.

    Havana (big city, under Spanish control)



    Havana was originally a trading port and a stopping point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World. Because of that, it suffered regular attacks by buccaneers, pirates, and French corsairs (the first attack and resultant burning of the city was by the French corsair Jacques de Sores in 1555). Such attacks convinced the Spanish Crown to fund the construction of the first fortresses, not only to counteract the pirates and corsairs, but also to exert more control over commerce with the West Indies, and to limit the extensive black market that had arisen due to the trade restrictions imposed by the Casa de Contratación of Seville (the crown-controlled trading house that held a monopoly on New World trade).

    On December 20, 1592, King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City. Later on, the city would be officially designated as "Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies" by the Spanish crown. In the meantime, efforts to build or improve the defensive infrastructures of the city continued.

    Havana expanded greatly in the 17th century. New buildings were constructed from the most abundant materials of the island, mainly wood, combining various Iberian architectural styles, as well as borrowing profusely from Canarian characteristics. In 1649 a very fatal epidemic brought from Cartagena in Colombia, affected a third of the population of Havana. By the middle of the 18th century Havana had more than seventy thousand inhabitants, and was the third-largest city in the Americas, ranking behind Lima and Mexico City but ahead of Boston and New York.

    Landmarks

    Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of the Royal Force): a star fort on the western side of the harbour in Havana, set back from the entrance, and bordering the Plaza de Armas. Originally built to defend against attack by pirates, it suffered from a poor strategic position, being too far inside the bay. It was then rebuilt from 1562 to 1577 incorporating thick sloping walls, a moat and drawbridge, an upper storey as barracks and a munitions store. On completion, the fort proved to be too small for practical use, and also still too distant from the mouth of the harbour to serve effectively as a defensive bulwark. Instead, Juan de Tejeda adopted it as the residence of the Governor of Havana. The fort is considered to be the oldest stone fort in the Americas.

    Castillo del Morro (Morro Castle): a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay, it can be viewed from miles around as it dominates the port entrance. Built initially in 1589 in response to raids on Havana harbor, el Morro protected the mouth of the harbor with a chain being strung out across the water to the fort at La Punta.
    San Salvador de la Punta: a fortress in the bay of Havana, just like El Morro was designed to protect the entrance to the Havana Bay that became an important and strategic entranceway to the harbor since the settlement of the town. The nonstop landings of corsairs in the area endangered the harbor and the town, so it was resolved to post lookouts at La Punta. It was built between 1590 and 1630. Due to the short distance between La Punta and El Morro and to increase the protection of the bay, a heavy copper chain was laid between them. This chain can be appreciated in some of the engravings of that time.

    Plaza de Armas: the Arms Square is regarded as the heart of the old city, since the expansion of the Village of San Cristóbal de La Habana started from there. It is closely linked to the tradition of the first town council, held on November 16 under the shadow of a big ceiba, near the coast, in order to take the first steps in the creation of the current capital of the country. It was precisely near that tree, renovated by several generations of Cubans, that the first square of the village was built. However, it was not until 1584, when the Spanish troops began using the plaza for their military exercises, that it was called Arms Square.

    Plaza Vieja (Old Square): This plaza was originally called Plaza Nueva (New Square) when it emerged as an open space in 1559. In colonial times it was a residential neighborhood of the Creole plutocracy, the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas - all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies. It was built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government main center. In the eighteenth century the square was turned into a popular market, and was called Plaza del Mercado (Market Square) as Havana's commercial hub.

    Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asís (Basilica and the monastery of San Francisco de Asís): built at the end of the sixteenth century (1580–91) as the home of the Franciscan community. Attached to the Basilica is a bell tower (138-ft). Originally a statue of St. Francis of Assisi stood on the top of the bell, but it was destroyed by a cyclone in 1846.
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    Thank you. I managed to find a lot about Havana and some about Kingston, but info on Nassau gave me one hell of a time to find.
    Great job with this! I'm very hyped about messing around Havana, most of all.
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    has anybody managed to figure out what city is in the trailer ?
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    Very informative, nice thread. But it makes me wonder how long the game will take place. We already have 1715, but is that the beginning of the story, middle, or near the end?
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    Originally Posted by nitres15 Go to original post
    has anybody managed to figure out what city is in the trailer ?
    I'm pretty sure it's Havana. Spanish style architecture, the mention of Edward taking down a Spanish galleon, the fact that one of the promo pictures of the game matches up with Basilica Menor de San Fransico de Asis (EDIT: It matches more with the Cathedral of Havana).... I think that's gonna be the main city they'll show in this game, similar to how Acre was the central city when it came to talking about AC1, Venice for AC2 and Boston for AC3.

    For reference of the matching pictures:



    Now look at the church in the background (EDITED)



    Also, the cathedral was built later along the line, but then again, I can overlook it. I mean, they put a Gothic cathedral they came up with for AC1, so I'm not gonna question it.
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    Yeah, it has to be Havana. By the way, here's a great documentary about pirates set around the time the game takes places. You can see Nassau right at the beginning

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    Originally Posted by Rugterwyper32 Go to original post
    I'm pretty sure it's Havana. Spanish style architecture, the mention of Edward taking down a Spanish galleon, the fact that one of the promo pictures of the game matches up with Basilica Menor de San Fransico de Asis (EDIT: It matches more with the Cathedral of Havana).... I think that's gonna be the main city they'll show in this game, similar to how Acre was the central city when it came to talking about AC1, Venice for AC2 and Boston for AC3.

    For reference of the matching pictures:



    Now look at the church in the background (EDITED)



    Also, the cathedral was built later along the line, but then again, I can overlook it. I mean, they put a Gothic cathedral they came up with for AC1, so I'm not gonna question it.
    If that's the cathedral I think it is, didn't it take a ridiculously long time to build? Perhaps the facade was in place early on?
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    Originally Posted by DoubleclickTF Go to original post
    If that's the cathedral I think it is, didn't it take a ridiculously long time to build? Perhaps the facade was in place early on?
    It's possible as well. Though I'm still thinking they will take a few liberties with adding a few things to make it work with the game. They have before, so I wouldn't put it past them.
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    Originally Posted by Rugterwyper32 Go to original post
    It's possible as well. Though I'm still thinking they will take a few liberties with adding a few things to make it work with the game. They have before, so I wouldn't put it past them.
    I checked and you're absolutely right. It was started in 1748, so Kenway is supposed to be dead by then. It was built on the site of an earlier church though, but I'd be surprised if that tower is a surviving piece.

    It could be a screenshot of a multiplayer map or, as you said, maybe they're taking liberties with the years!
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    Great thread, OP. It's good to hear that the three cities are under the control of different parties. Hopefully that'll add a lot of variety to the locations.
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