Atlantis is mentioned in Plato's Timaeus and Critias dialogues.
I would like to know how I can set the story to a location in or around the Caribbean, during a time frame that would "fit" the story of Atlantis.
Pulling elements from the Atlantis story:
- It was an island beyond the Pillars of Hercules
- Famous for their orichalcum metal
- Atlanteans originally seen as "good" but became evil/corrupt over time by the Athenians
- Involved in a war with Athens (said to be 9,000 years before the lifetime of Plato)
- Conquered areas of Libya up to Egypt
- Conquered areas of Europe up to, and including part of, Italy
- Lost the war against Athens, and saw lands subsequently freed from Atlantean rule
- The island, at a later date, was destroyed by Earthquakes and subsequently submerged
A description of the island:
an island consisting mostly of mountains in the northern portions and along the shore and encompassing a great plain in an oblong shape in the south "extending in one direction three thousand stadia [about 555 km; 345 mi], but across the center inland it was two thousand stadia [about 370 km; 230 mi]." Fifty stadia [9 km; 6 mi] from the coast was a mountain that was low on all sides ... broke it off all round about ... the central island itself was five stades in diameter [about 0.92 km; 0.57 mi]
With further details:
enclosed it with three circular moats of increasing width, varying from one to three stadia and separated by rings of land proportional in size. The Atlanteans then built bridges northward from the mountain, making a route to the rest of the island. They dug a great canal to the sea, and alongside the bridges carved tunnels into the rings of rock so that ships could pass into the city around the mountain; they carved docks from the rock walls of the moats. Every passage to the city was guarded by gates and towers, and a wall surrounded each of the city's rings. The walls were constructed of red, white and black rock quarried from the moats, and were covered with brass, tin and the precious metal orichalcum, respectively.
In Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (a video game from the 90's and various comic books) given measurements are said to be subject to multiplication errors. This idea can be re-used to change elements such as "9000 years" to "900 years" or "90 years".
My question is this:
How can I re-imagine the story into a Caribbean location during "ancient" times? The story must fit with given details or give suitable explanations to why the detail differs. The story must fit into the history of the region(s). It can use other elements of established stories of lost islands/civilisations in the Caribbean region.