Isla de Pelegostos, also known as Cannibal Island, Pelegosto Island or simply Pelegosto, was a remote island that was home to a cannibalistic tribe known as the Pelegostos. The island was located far from all normal shipping routes and was missing from most ocean charts.
Pelegosto was dominated by a tropical rainforest that spanned much of the land mass. The remainder was taken up by deep ravines, mountain ranges, and beaches. The native Pelegosto tribe used body paint and fearsome masks to blend in to the jungle environment in order to catch prey or the few unwanted visitors the island received.
The tribe built their village high up on one of the flat tops of a mountain peak, and was connected by rope bridges strung over the ravines. The village huts were woven from plant fibers, and despite their fragile appearance, provided shelter from fierce tropical storms. Prisoners were known to be held in cages made from the bones of those the Pelegostos deemed unworthy to keep alive, and hung from the deep ravines.
- "And then they made me their chief—"
- ―Jack Sparrow
It was believed that Captain Jack Sparrow first happened upon Pelegosto in the years prior to his arrival in Port Royal prior to the kidnap of Elizabeth Swann. While there, he picked up the native language, and the Pelegostos made him their chief. He managed to escape the island, but, following his escape from a Turkish prison, Sparrow and the crew of the Black Pearl attempted to hide from the Kraken on Pelegosto, but again fell afoul of the natives. The Pelegostos were convinced Jack was a god in human form, though unfortunately for Jack, the Pelegostos believed that, as a deity, he was trapped inside his fleshy body—and the highest honor they could bestow upon him was to ceremonially kill and eat him to release his spirit. Jack and the surviving members of his crew managed to escape the cannibals after Will Turner arrived on the island in a rescue attempt.
The East India Trading Company and Pelegosto
While fleeing the Pelegostos, Captain Sparrow noticed that even on this extremely remote island, the East India Trading Company had extended its corporate tendrils. The natives had been trading for silverware, china, and spices marked with the EITC logo. Jack recognized this as a bad sign for piracy. As more and more of the globe came under the EITC's control, there would be fewer free ports open to pirates or even free traders.
It was known that some sailors, merchants and shrimpers traded spices and other supplies from the civilized world for "long pork"—a euphemism for human meat. It was possible that such men steered unwary travelers towards the island in order to keep up the flow of trade. Those who knew of this appeared to resist setting foot on the island itself, and would not escort travelers further than the coast.
Behind the scenes
- For filming Dead Man's Chest, the scenes from Cannibal Island were mostly filmed on the island of Dominica, on an aerie called High Meadow (south of the Dominican capital of Rosseau) and the nearby Twin Peaks.
- The island is extremely undeveloped and the filming company had to build their own roads out to the filming sites. The waterfall area that the bone cage falls into is Ti Tou Gorge, and the only way in is by swimming.
- This island has many different names in the Pirates of the Caribbean universe. The most notable name is "Isla de Pelegostos", which was given from the Zizzle figure and some versions of the At World's End video game. In several versions of the official POTC website, the island was named either "Pelegosto Island" or just "Pelegosto". The name "Cannibal Island" was used by the film crew of Dead Man's Chest as well as being used in the Master of the Seas.
- Although the island's name appears to be Spanish, it should be noted that in Portuguese, pele means "skin" and gosto means "taste".
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game) (PS2 version) (First identified as Isla de Pelegostos)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas (First identified as Cannibal Island)