Geography of Pirates of the Caribbean
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This is a complete list of islands and other locations in the Pirates of the Caribbean films series. Some locations in the series of films are real, others are fictional.
Isla de Muerta
Isla de Muerta is an island featured in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It is a mysterious isle where the Black Pearl's pirate crew hide their looted treasure.
The Curse of the Black Pearl
According to (Captain) Jack Sparrow, Isla de Muerta ("Island of Death", literally translated from Spanish) is an island which cannot be found, except by those who already know where it is. To locate it, Captain Sparrow uses his unique compass — rather than pointing north, it points to what its holder wants most. What Sparrow wants is the Black Pearl, his ship, which is anchored at the island and captained by his first mate, Captain Barbossa.
From the air, the island resembles the face of a human skull. It appears to be largely unexplored, save for a maze of caves where Captain Barbossa's crew hoard their looted treasure. Here is where the dreaded Chest of Cortez containing the cursed Aztec gold is kept.
Apart from the caves, there seems to be little that is interesting on the island, except the piles of hoarded treasure which the crew of the Black Pearl acquired during their many years of searching for the last cursed coin and the one remaining blood sacrifice.
Dead Man's Chest
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, it's learned that the island was reclaimed by the sea, taking with it both the cursed Aztec treasure and the uncursed mountains of swag that Barbossa's crew had hoarded while they were cursed. It was this swag that Jack Sparrow had agreed to pay his new crew with, but had to change his plans when it sank with the island. Barbossa himself was only retrieved due to the intervention of Tia Dalma, who did so and also restored him to life before the events of Dead Man's Chest.
Tortuga is a pirate island off the northern coast of Saint-Domingue (Haiti), out of the jurisdiction of the Royal Navy and the East India Trading Company. While it remains a free port where traders can escape the high East India tariffs, it is a dangerous one where illegal transactions are common. Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner, in hot pursuit of Captain Hector Barbossa, moor their stolen ship, the H.M.S. Interceptor there to recruit a crew. Their conscripts included Joshamee Gibbs, Anamaria, Cotton, and Marty.
Tortuga also appears in Dead Man's Chest. Will goes there to hunt for Jack Sparrow, although he ultimately finds him on Pelegosto Island (see below). A denizen tells Will that he saw a ship with black sails (the Black Pearl) beached on Pelegosto while he was sailing a trade route. Jack returns to Tortuga to try and enlist ninety-nine unsuspecting sailors to pay off his blood debt to Davy Jones. Although he falls far short of his goal, the new crew proves useful during the final confrontation with the Kraken, although they apparently do not survive. Jack is reunited with Elizabeth Swann while in Tortuga and also recruits the down-and-out James Norrington, who resigned his commission after losing his ship in a hurricane while pursuing the Black Pearl, although Norrington first tries to shoot Sparrow.
At the conclusion of At World's End, Barbossa attempts to leave Jack there with Gibbs by stealing inciting another mutiny among the crew, but Jack is able to escape with a miniature sail boat apparently left there by the crew so he is not completly stranded unlike last time. Gibbs remains behind in Tortuga when Jack leaves.
Pelegosto is a fictional island. The relevant scenes were actually filmed on the lush, tropical island of Dominica.
In Dead Man's Chest, Bootstrap Bill Turner, acting as Davy Jones' agent, delivers the Black Spot to Captain Jack Sparrow, a mark indicating that his blood debt to Jones is due. To avoid the monstrous Kraken hunting him, and to seek help from Tia Dalma, an obeah woman, Jack commands the Black Pearl to find land. They land on Pelegosto, a typical Caribbean island with sandy beaches and lush, mountainous jungles. But it is hardly the paradise it appears, as it is inhabited by a vicious cannibal tribe that captures the Pearl's crew and eats some crewmen. They also believe Jack Sparrow is a god in human form and intend to eat him to "release him from his fleshy prison". Will Turner arrives and helps them escape.
Tia Dalma makes her home in a swampy bayou on the Pantano River, located on the island's other side. Mysterious natives live in shacks along the river banks, in relative safety. The cannibals avoid this part of the island, most likely fearing Tia Dalma, who is actually the sea goddess, Calypso, trapped in human form.
According to the film's writers in the Dead Man's Chest DVD commentary, Pelegosto is the same island Jack told Royal Navy Marines, Mullroy and Murtogg about in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He tells them, "and then they made me their chief . . ." before being interrupted by Elizabeth Swann falling off the cliff into the water. It is open to conjecture whether or not the cannibals that call the island home recognised Jack when he was again made their chief in Dead Man's Chest.
In Dead Man's Chest, Isla Cruces (Crosses Island) is a tropical island where Davy Jones buried the Dead Man's Chest containing his beating heart. The island appears to have been abandoned. The previous occupants are unknown, but the partially-remaining stone buildings indicate some European-type colony, probably Spanish, was once established there.
It is not revealed in the film why Davy Jones buried the Dead Man's Chest on Isla Cruces. However, the film's writers, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, imply in the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest DVD audio commentary, that Jones chose it because it is a plague island that remains deserted.
The fictionalised Singapore is filled with bridge-covered waterways and crude wooden buildings. It appears in At World's End when Hector Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann visit Sao Feng to steal navigational charts and to request a crew and a ship to rescue Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones’ Locker. The city is last shown as Barbossa, Will, Elizabeth, and the crew set sail in Feng's ship, the Hai Peng.
In the The Curse of the Black Pearl Jack Sparrow mentions Singapore to the two clueless guards as he cuts Elizabeth's corset after she fell of a cliff and into the sea: "Clearly, you've never been to Singapore." It is also mentioned in Dead Man's Chest, while Will is asking for the whereabouts of Jack. One man says, "Sure as the tide, Jack Sparrow...turn up in Singapore."
The Singapore of the movies differs markedly from historical Singapore. The modern port of Singapore was founded by Stamford Raffles in 1819. In the period depicted in the movie, there was only a Malay fishing village called Temasek on the island, not the old Chinese city depicted in the film. (See Early history of Singapore.)
Davy Jones's Locker
Davy Jones's Locker is a fictional place mentioned in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest by Will Turner's father, Bootstrap Bill. It is a purgatory where anyone sent there confronts their personal demons. It is Davy Jones's favoured punishment for those who attempt to cheat him. Even supernatural beings, such as Calypso, can be sent there and cannot escape, although she is hindered by having been trapped in human form. The only condemned person known to have escaped the Locker is Captain Jack Sparrow. However, as Sao Feng's map does give directions to World's End and an exit route from the Locker, it is conceivable that someone else previously escaped.
For most, the only way to reach the Locker is to die at sea. The Kraken, a gigantic sea monster that drags sailors and their ships to the ocean depths, inflicts this fate at Jones' request. However, the only means by which one may enter the Locker and return afterwards is described by Tia Dalma; by sailing to (or more precisely, off) World's End. This is impossible without Sao Feng's navigational charts.
For Jack, the Locker appears as a seemingly endless desert, connected to an equally endless sea (filmed in the Utah Bonneville Salt Flats). Jack is doomed to captain the Black Pearl crewed by many different Jack Sparrows through the desert, though the ship never moves until stone-like crabs (apparently sent by Calypso) appear and carry the stranded Black Pearl to the shore. The endless sea, known as the Sea of Lost Souls, is the only escape route; its waters are filled with the souls of those who died at sea. Aimlessly drifting, they are unable to reach the afterlife, forsaken by Davy Jones, whose duty it was to ferry them to the "other side." Governor Swann is found here, murdered on Beckett's order.
Returning to the living world proves far more difficult than arriving in World's End. It requires being able to understand the relationship between the Locker and the living world. Clues are found within Sao Feng's chart, but they are confusing and cryptic. However, Jack is able to decipher the clue needed to return to the living world: Up is Down. The Black Pearl crew must capsize the ship at sundown to return to the living world at sunrise.
Davy Jones' Locker is also mentioned briefly in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Will is on the Black Pearl and threatens Barbossa by saying "Let them go! Or my body shall be lost to Davy Jones' Locker". This statement was merely a reference to the mythologised Davy Jones' Locker and was not intended to foreshadow events from the subsequent two films.
Shipwreck Cove is an inlet on the fictional Shipwreck Island in the 2007 film, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The island is unique in that its land mass in the interior is composed entirely of shipwrecks. Shipwreck Cove is considered to be an impregnable fortress, well-supplied, and able to withstand nearly any siege. Shipwreck Cove, the meeting place for the Brethren Court, is also the location of the town of Shipwreck.
According to the Essential Guide to Pirates of the Caribbean, every ship must pass through the Devil's Throat upon entering, which claims several vessels each year.
- Parley Sandbar
Also not the actual name. Because Davy Jones can only step on land once every ten years, he and Lord Cutler Beckett meet with Elizabeth Swann and Captain Barbossa there (while Jones stands in a wooden tub filled with water). While there, they swap Will Turner for Jack Sparrow, and Elizabeth vows to Beckett to avenge her father's death. It is seen only in At World's End. This sandbar is not something done in a studio. The sandbar itself is a mile or so from Disney's private island Castaway Cay, which is also the final resting place for the actual movie prop "The Flying Dutchman".
- Frozen Ocean
An ocean filled with icebergs and glaciers that the ship that Sao Feng gave the crew must sail through on their quest to rescue Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' Locker. The special features on the At World's End DVD suggested that this may have been the Caspian Sea.
- Dead Kraken Island
The island that Jack's crew finds themselves after returning from Davy Jones' Locker.
- Black Sam's Spit/Rumrunner's Isle
The island that Jack finds himself marooned on twice and made "governor" of by Barbossa.
- Run Aground Archipelago
When a merchant ship was attacked here by the kraken under the order of Davy Jones, the surviving crew was taken by Jones and his crew. Unfortunately, Will Turner was among them, although he later escapes.
- Turkish Prison
A rocky island with an apparently inhumane prison built atop its spires. A drawing of the key to Davy Jones' Chest was once hidden within its walls, until Jack Sparrow successfully recovered it.