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Captain Armando Salazar and his crew of ghosts.

"You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner. You're in one!"
Hector Barbossa to Elizabeth Swann[src]

According to traditional belief, a ghost was the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal, taken to be capable of appearing in visible form or otherwise manifesting itself to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies or ghost ships.


The Ghost captain.

"'Tis well known that ghosts and spirits of the damned can menace honest mariners, trying to steal their souls."
Lucius Featherstone to Cutler Beckett[src]

When the Spanish conquistador Humbert "El Patron" Diaz forced the inhabitants of Raven's Cove to forge weapons for him, they sealed him, his crew, and his ship, inside his mines in the Cove. When the crew mutinied against him, El Patron and his men were cursed to remain inside the mines as ghosts and haunt them for all eternity.[1]

When the young adventurer Jack Sparrow and his crew found the legendary Sword of Cortés on Isla Fortuna, they unintentionally summoned the spirit of the conquistador Hernán Cortés, the original owner of the Sword and the man who destroyed the Aztec Empire. The ghostly Spaniard tried to trick Jack Sparrow into doing his bidding for him, so he could make himself ruler of the Seven Seas, but with the few advices from the voodoo witch Tia Dalma, Jack was able to summon the spirit of the Aztec Emperor Montecuhzoma, who attacked and destroyed Cortés.[2]

A few years after his teenage adventures Jack Sparrow served as a pirate aboard the Wicked Wench. During the battle off the coast of the mysterious Devil's Triangle, he tricked the notorious Spanish pirate hunter Armando Salazar into steering his ship into the Triangle where the ship was destroyed and him and all his men were killed and turned into ghosts. Due to the magic of Jack Sparrow's compass Salazar and his undead crew were unable to escape from the Triangle, and were forced to spend several decades in it.[3]

When Jack Sparrow had to give his report to Cutler Beckett about how he dueled Christophe-Julien de Rapièr on the deck of his ship, the Wicked Wench, he lied that he actually fought against the ghost of his old fencing master from Marseilles.[4]

The ghosts on Raven's Cove.

Shortly after the battle of the Isla de Muerta, a mysterious ghost ship sailed into the Port Royal harbor. The ship's crew of ghosts terrorized the inhabitants of the city until the blacksmith Will Turner made a sword and gave it to the ship's ghostly captain.[5]

During the War of Jolly Roger, when the forces of the East India Trading Company and the undead army of Jolly Roger fought a battle over El Patron's weapons left on Raven's Cove, the entire population of the island was wiped out. However, their ghosts soon began appearing to pirates who came to the island. Some ghosts were friendly, but others were hostile.[1]

When Elizabeth Swann sneaked onboard the Edinburgh Trader as a sailor, she tricked the superstitious crewmen into thinking that her wedding dress was a spirit to force them to sail the ship to Tortuga.[6]

After Captain Jack Sparrow betrayed his compass, Captain Armando Salazar and his crew were released from the Devil's Triangle. After the Trident of Poseidon was destroyed by Henry Turner, all the curses of the sea were broken, which resulted in Salazar and his crew becoming human and mortal once again.[3]

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The ghost of Captain Morgan, as imagined by Chris Schweizer and Joe Flood.



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