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This article is about the non-corporeal essence of a being or entity. You may be looking for a deceased person's spirit in visible form.
Cortes vs Montezuma

The spirits of Montecuhzoma and Cortés.

"That dress. Where did you get it?"
"It was found aboard the ship. The crew it thought it was a spirit bringing some omen of ill fate."
"That's foolish.
"
Will Turner and Bellamy[src]

Spirit has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word "spirit" was often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person's "spirit" and "soul" often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism, and "spirit" can also have the sense of "ghost", i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person.

History

In the 1720s, when the young adventurer Jack Sparrow and his crew found the legendary Sword of Cortés on Isla Fortuna, they unintentionally summoned the spirit of the conquistador Hernán Cortés, the original owner of the Sword and the man who destroyed the Aztec Empire. The ghostly Spaniard tried to trick Jack Sparrow into doing his bidding for him, so he could make himself ruler of the Seven Seas, but with the few advices from the voodoo witch Tia Dalma, Jack was able to summon the spirit of the Aztec Emperor Montecuhzoma, who attacked and destroyed Cortés.[1]

When Elizabeth Swann sneaked onboard the Edinburgh Trader as a sailor, she tricked the superstitious crewmen into thinking that her wedding dress was a spirit to force them to sail the ship to Tortuga.[2] While rescuing Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' Locker, the crew of the Black Pearl saw the spirits and souls of those who died at sea.[3]

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