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The title of this article is conjectural.
These Letters of Marque were official documents used by Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company. This document pardons the recipient of prior crimes against the Crown and rants the recipient a commission as a privateer in the employ of England, as he planned to use for Jack Sparrow. Ultimately, the letters were used to pardon James Norrington, who would later be given the promotion as admiral. This document required the signatures of Lord Cutler Beckett and King George II, as well as Beckett's seal, in order to be official.
The East India Trading Company was known to use Letters of Marque after 1707. Lord Cutler Beckett offered one such document, amounting to a full pardon, to William Turner in exchange for the compass owned by Jack Sparrow. He was also prepared to employ Jack as a privateer for England, though Turner believed Jack would never agree, since he likes his freedom. Beckett's Letters of Marque were signed by the King George II, and would not be legalized unless they bore Beckett's mark and seal. They were ultimately claimed by James Norrington as one half of the trade that secured Beckett possession of the heart of Davy Jones. This earned Norrington a full reinstatement into the Royal Navy and a promotion as an admiral of the Company.
Behind the scenes
- The official website for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest stated that King George I had signed the Letters of Marque. However, because of the supposed time placement of the first three films as between the 1720s and 1750s, as well as King George II's appearance in On Stranger Tides, this is incorrect. In The Complete Visual Guide, the King who signed the letters was only referred to as "King George".
- In the first screenplay draft of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Beckett gives Jack the Letters of Marque during the parley meeting. However, Jack hands Will the Letters, which was ultimately used as one of the nine pieces of eight, as the previous version of Chevalle's piece of eight was Magellean's ring (the Letters of Marque were stamped with it).
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (original screenplay)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide
- The Secret Files of the East India Trading Company
Notes and references
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- ↑ Powerful letters signed by King George I, giving pirates permission to become a privateer, or pirate hunter. It is the coveted blank check to freedom
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide