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The maps of the world and the sky in the Swift and Sons Chart House.

"You're off the edge of the map, mate. Here there be monsters!"
Hector Barbossa to Jack Sparrow[src]

A map was a visual representation of an area or territory, whether real or imaginary; a diagram of components of an item. Maps were used to search for various treasures as well as certain places.


Jack Sparrow's compass lies on the drawing of the key and the maps of South America.

"I shall have a look at that map, if it's what I fear..."
Jack Sparrow[src]

There were many types of maps throughout history, including naval charts and treasure maps. When Hector Barbossa's cursed crew kidnapped Elizabeth Swann from Port Royal, Commodore James Norrington studied the map of the Lesser Antilles, trying to establish the most likely course the pirates took. Not satisfied with Norrington's plan Will Turner slammed his axe into Norrington's desk, through the map, cutting the island of Guadeloupe in half.[1]

Ponce de León's map of Fort San Miguel.

Some maps showed the entire world, like the world map in Lord Cutler Beckett's office.[2] Sao Feng's navigational charts, known as the Mao Kun Map, was used to lead its reader to find places of the supernatural.[3] The dates and distances could change and mislead the traveler who uses the map unwisely.[4] Aboard the stranded Santiago, the skeletal figure of Ponce de León could be seen lying in his bed while peering at a map of San Miguel with a magnifying glass.[5]

The British map of the area west of the Windward Isles in the Lesser Antilles.

When the British warship the Monarch chased the pirate ship the Ruddy Rose in the waters west of the Windward Isles in the Lesser Antilles, the British had to follow the pirates into the dark area which the young sailor Henry Turner identified as the Devil's Triangle. The Monarch's commanding officer Captain Toms checked his navigational charts, discovering that the area was named simply "Uncharted waters".[6]

When the infamous pirate Hector Barbossa restored the shrunken ship the Black Pearl to her original form, he attempted to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon, intending to use it to defeat the army of the dead led by Armando Salazar. However, during the journey, the young astronomer Carina Smyth warned him that his map was incomplete. Eventually, Barbossa had to admit that Carina was right and allowed her to steer the ship.[6]

Following the battle of Poseidon's Tomb and Barbossa's second death Jack Sparrow reclaimed his captaincy of the Black Pearl. After the pirates left Carina and Henry Turner in Jamaica, Joshamee Gibbs took some navigational charts, asking Sparrow what would be their next heading. When Sparrow simply replied that they would follow the stars, Gibbs enthusiastically threw the charts behind.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

The seafaring charts in Blackbeard's cabin.

"So I went back to an earlier idea that I had about a circular map with rings that represented metaphorical places to which you could travel, which I thought tied into the whole 'Pirates' theme. Gore and I had been talking about the notion that 'Pirates of the Caribbean' takes place during a time in history in which the maps weren't yet filled in, which means that anything is possible in the world. There are all these places in the world that are Terra Incognita-lands that are unknown-so they could have monsters, they could have magic, they could have new civilizations. I loved the idea that this map was very old, made before the Enlightenment, before people got so scientific about mapmaking, when they still blurred the geographical realities with metaphorical inner journeys which are as important as physical journeys."
James Byrkit[src]


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