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|East India Trading Company Armada|
|Behind the scenes|
The East India Trading Company Armada, was a naval fleet of over three hundred East India Trading Company ships that banded together with the aim of eradicating piracy across the Seven Seas. It was sometimes referred to as Beckett's Armada, by the name of the armada's founder and commander, Lord Cutler Beckett.
Led by the Flying Dutchman, the armada met with the fleet of the Fourth Brethren Court outside of Shipwreck Island, where they would fight each other. Almost all the ships in the armada didn't take part in the following battle, save for the Flying Dutchman and the HMS Endeavour, though the Dutchman would later switch sides. This event led the armada to retreat and later disbanded.
Under Lord Cutler Beckett, the East India Trading Company built itself a sizable naval presence in the Caribbean, bolstered by Royal Marines and ships serving escort duty for the Company's merchant vessels. Beckett commanded his marine forces from the flagship, the HMS Endeavour, which transported him to Port Royal at the start of his tenure in the Caribbean Sea.
War Against Piracy
- "The enemy...has opted for oblivion. Ready the fleet."
- ―Cutler Beckett
After the Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court declared to go to war with the EITC, Beckett's Armada of over three hundred vessels,, all manner of sizes, all heavily armed and read for battle, numerically outmatching the Brethren's fleet gathered for the fight. By this point, the Davy Jones' ship, the Flying Dutchman, was also under Beckett's command, giving the armada an even more tactical advantage than the pirates.
However, despite the armada's numerical advantage, Beckett didn't send the entire armada out at once to overwhelm the Brethren. Instead, only the armada's strongest ships, the Dutchman and the HMS Endeavour went out to do battle with the pirates' flagship, the Black Pearl. This reckless action lead to the conversion of the Dutchman to the Pirates when Davy Jones was killed in the titanic battle.
- "They're turning away!"
Afterwards, both the Pearl and the Dutchman united, and together brought about the destruction of the HMS Endeavour. Although the armada had over two hundred vessels left, it had no strong leadership. And so the EITC armada retreated, and was disbanded.
- "Where is the profit in killing Jones when, instead, we can add another ship to your fleet?"
- ―Cutler Beckett
Behind the scenes
- The name "East India Trading Company Armada" came from one of the previous versions of the official POTC website as well as Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean. It was mainly referred to as "Beckett's Armada" or simply "Armada" in several At World's End-related material.
- Though the approximate number of ships in Beckett's Armada hadn't been revealed, it is known that there were at least three hundred vessels.
- In the original script for At World's End, the Armada was mainly composed of merchant vessels and warships of other countries that were captured by the Flying Dutchman under the command of James Norrington.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide, p92-93 "The Wrath of Calypso"
- ↑ Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean