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"The Pirate Lords from the four corners of the earth must stand together."
Hector Barbossa[src] (trailer)

The four corners of the earth or sometimes simply the corners of the earth is a phrase that means the entire world.

History

The earliest use of the term is in the Bible. In Isaiah 11-12, it says "And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."

In ancient times, the four corners simply referred to the four cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west. However, upon the discovery of America, the world was divided into four continents and, thus, four corners. They were Europe, Asia, Africa, and America (no distinction was made between North America and South America). Upon the discovery of Australia and Antarctica, this view was dropped and the directions were used again.

In his life, Captain Jack Sparrow wore a ragbag of garb from the four corners of the earth. Whether it's a silk headscarf from Singapore or a pistol belt from Port Royal, he hadn't paid for any of it.[1] Around the time when the Fourth Brethren Court convened, Hector Barbossa believed that the Pirate Lords from the corners of the earth had to stand together.[2]

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Notes and references

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, p8-9: "Captain Jack Sparrow"
  2. Evidenced by a quote said by Hector Barbossa in the trailer for At World's End.

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