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Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann marooned on Rumrunner's Isle.

"When you marooned me on that godforsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate. I'm Captain Jack Sparrow."
Jack Sparrow to Hector Barbossa[src]

Maroon was the intentional leaving of someone in a remote area, such as an uninhabited island. The practice was a penalty for crewmen, or for captains at the hands of a crew. Generally, a marooned man was set on a deserted island, often no more than a sand bar at low tide. If possible, the island should be uncharted.[1] He would be given some food, a container of water, and a loaded pistol so he could commit suicide if he desired; though in some cases, only a pistol was given.

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The marooned pirate.

"Now, Will, when a pirate's marooned, he's given a pistol with a single shot. One shot. Well, that won't do much good hunting, nor to be rescued. But after three weeks of a starvin' belly and thirst, that pistol starts to look real friendly."
Joshamee Gibbs to Will Turner[src]

When the Queen Anne's Revenge grounded in 1718, Blackbeard marooned some of his crewmembers. In 1720, Captain Edward England was marooned by his crew on the island of Mauritius. Jack Sparrow was twice marooned on Rumrunner's Isle by Hector Barbossa.[2] Mary Lash was marooned by her crew on Isla Perdida.[3] In 1750 Sparrow marooned Angelica on Sola Fide Beach.[4]

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