A timeline of events as depicted and mentioned in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. A specific date for the placement of the first three films has not been given, though the film's scriptwriters, while making the first film, placed them in a "floating thirty-year environment" set in the 18th century, sometime around the 1720s to 1750s. However, On Stranger Tides was said to be set in the year 1750[1] and the official comic book adaptation of Dead Men Tell No Tales shows the film's events are set in 1751.

Known or estimated dates









  • Hernán Cortés died. However, his spirit remained in the Sword of Cortés, and would be unleashed by anyone who spoke an incantation over both the Sword and its scabbard.[5]



  • Island of Falaise de Fleur was colonised by the French. The colony was destroyed a few months later by the Spanish.


c. 1600–1660

  • At an unknown date, a sailor named Davy Jones and the sea goddess Calypso fall in love with each other. Calypso rewarded that love by giving Jones captainy aboard the Flying Dutchman and the sacred task of ferrying souls who died at sea to the afterlife. Because of that love, Davy Jones agreed to set foot on dry land once every ten years; and if this love was true to him, his task would be complete, and a new captain of the Dutchman would be found. Jones would spend the following decade in this duty, at the end of which he could be reunited with Calypso for a single day.[6][7]
  • Ten years after pledging to serve as ferryman aboard the Dutchman, Davy Jones returns to land for one day to be with his love, Calypso. But whenever Davy Jones came ashore, Calypso was nowhere to be found. Around this time, the First Brethren Court convenes at Shipwreck Cove, where Davy Jones plotted with the Brethren. With his help, the Brethren bound Calypso into human form with the Nine Pieces of Eight, so that the rule of the seas would belong to men. These Pieces of Eight would be passed down through the generations as each Pirate Lord names his or her successor to the Court.[6][8]
  • Shortly after the First Court, Davy Jones' grief and guilt at what he had done became so great, he literally carved out his heart and locked it in the Dead Man's Chest, which he buried on Isla Cruces.[9] Refusing to continue his duty, Jones returned to the seven seas; only now sailors everywhere would fear him to the death. Because of this, Jones became cursed, in which he and his crew slowly transform into sea creatures the longer they serve aboard the Flying Dutchman.[7]



c.End of 1630–1631





  • Henry Morgan was believed to have died because of liver failure in Port Royal. However, Morgan actually retreats to a remote island where he begins to study alchemy.[12]


c. 1700



c. 1716


  • Blackbeard was believed to be killed from the battle of Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina. However, Blackbeard survived the battle and continued acts of piracy, during which time he began to learn of the dark arts.[16]
  • The city of New Orleans is founded by the French.


  • Benjamin Franklin writes 'The Downfall of Piracy' a poem/sailor song about the legendary death of Blackbeard and the downfall of piracy.



c. 1724[19]

c. 1725[21]



  • The city of Savannah is founded by the British.


  • Henry Morgan, now known as the Shadow Lord, creates the Shadow Gold, a special elixir which grants him unfathomable power. He threatenes to destroy the Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court, and Jack Sparrow is sent by Tia Dalma on a mission to recover nine pieces of Shadow Gold in order to stop Morgan's Shadow Army. During his journey around the world, Jack has been in Asia and Europe, fighting with powerful organizations like the East India Trading Company and band of thieves like the Fourth Estate. With the help of Pirate Lords, Jack was able to collect all pieces of Shadow Gold and defeat Morgan once and for all.[12]



c. 1750[26]


Dates in relation to The Curse of the Black Pearl











  • Jack Sparrow, captain of the Black Pearl, shows up in Tortuga to recruit a crew to go after the Treasure of Cortés. Jack's First Mate, Hector Barbossa, leads a mutiny after Jack gives up the bearings to Isla de Muerta, and maroons Jack on a desert island.[43] Three days after his arrival, Jack barters passage off the island with a group of rumrunners.[3]
  • Captain Barbossa and the crew sail the Black Pearl to Isla de Muerta, where they find the treasure. After spending all the treasure, Barbossa's crew became cursed and set about returning all 882 pieces of the treasure.[3][43]
  • Bootstrap Bill Turner speaks out against the decision to mutiny against Jack and sent off his gold coin to his son, saying the crew deserved to remain cursed. Upon learning of Bootstrap Bill's actions, Barbossa has Turner strapped to a cannon, and sent to the bottom of the ocean. It is only after this point the crew learn they needed Turner's blood to lift the curse.[3][43] Bootstrap Bill began living out a tortured existence on the seabed, unable to die; until he eventually makes a bargain with Davy Jones, at an unknown time, agreeing to serve one hundred years aboard the Flying Dutchman.[9]



  • James Norrington is promoted to the rank of Commodore. Jack Sparrow arrives in Port Royal prior to the Black Pearl's attack. Elizabeth Swann is kidnapped, and Will Turner recruits Jack to help save her. Jack assembles a crew at Tortuga, who set sail in the commandeered HMS Interceptor.
  • During the voyage to Isla de Muerta, Jack and his crew sack the Earl King, with Jack and Will posing as members of the Royal Navy.[46]
  • Jack ultimately confronts Barbossa at Isla de Muerta. Turner lifts the curse, allowing Jack to kill Barbossa and his crew to be killed or captured by Norrington's men. Jack escapes a hanging with Will's help, and rejoins his crew. Will and Elizabeth pledge their love to one another. Jack the monkey takes a coin from the chest and becomes cursed once more.[3]
  • Will begins to train Elizabeth how to handle a sword.[9]


  • Jack and his crew embark on a series of adventures in the Caribbean Sea. During this time, his former crew become cursed again, and vow revenge on Jack.[48]
  • Commodore Norrington resigns his commission after losing his crew in a hurricane while chasing the Black Pearl off Tripoli.[9]
  • Isla de Muerta is claimed by the sea before Jack's crew can claim its treasure. Jack the monkey stows aboard the Black Pearl at this point.[9]
  • Barbossa is resurrected by Tia Dalma, and stays at her shack prior to the death of Jack Sparrow.[9]
  • Will and Elizabeth are set to be married.[9]
  • Jack Sparrow begins his search for the Dead Man's Chest and its key, and enters a Turkish prison.[9]


  • The marriage of Will and Elizabeth is interrupted by Lord Cutler Beckett, who arrests them both and takes control of Port Royal. Jack Sparrow escapes from the Turkish prison with a drawing of the key. Will sets off to obtain Jack's compass for Beckett, and Elizabeth later escapes prison to track him down. Ragetti and Pintel escape from Port Royal prison. Jack, Will and the rest of the crew seek Tia Dalma who tells them the history of Davy Jones and Calypso.Will is press-ganged aboard the Flying Dutchman, but escapes with the key. Jack arrives at Isla Cruces and unlocks the Dead Man's Chest, though Norrington later steals the heart. Jack and the Black Pearl are dragged down to Davy Jones' Locker by the Kraken. Norrington presents Beckett with the heart, and is reinstated as admiral. Davy Jones falls under Beckett's command.
  • After about two months[50], the East India Trading Company calls a state of emergency, and carries out mass hangings at Fort Charles. While the Flying Dutchman, sailing under the Company, becomes the scourge of pirates in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Jack Sparrow's crew, now under Barbossa's command, sail to reach World's End and rescue Jack Sparrow in Davy Jones' Locker. Sao Feng is killed onboard the Empress, and names Elizabeth Swann as Pirate Lord in his stead. James Norrington dies protecting Elizabeth as she escapes from the Flying Dutchman. The Fourth Brethren Court was called by Barbossa, convening as the EITC were advancing with an armada to destroy the world of pirates. Barbossa was eager to release Calypso, while Jack was eager to declare an act of war against the EITC, after which Elizabeth Swann was elected as the new Pirate King. Calypso is released from her human form and forms a maelstrom, where a battle raged at the center of it. During the battle, Will Turner and Elizabeth are wed by Barbossa, while Jack fights Davy Jones for the Dead Man's Chest. Jones is killed by a dying Will Turner, who replaces him as captain of the Dutchman, and Cutler Beckett dies aboard the Endeavour.[7]
  • After the battle with Beckett and the EITC, Will and Elizabeth spend their one day together before Will begins his duty aboard the Dutchman, and conceive a child. Barbossa steals the Black Pearl, Gibbs stays in Tortuga, and Jack Sparrow steals the navigational charts and begins the search for the Fountain of Youth.[7]


  • Elizabeth and her son await the return of Will Turner. It is believed that because Will has carried out his duty for the past decade, and Elizabeth remain faithful, Will's curse is broken and he is freed from service.[51]

Unknown placements

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 It was revealed that On Stranger Tides place in 1750. However, the exact time that had passed between At World's End and On Stranger Tides has yet to be revealed. All is known is that it takes place several years after At World's End, according to the film's visual guide: The quest for the Fountain of Youth began several years back after a pirate showdown with the East India Company..
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  4. The Mao Kun Map had to be created between Ponce de Leon's discovery of the Fountain of Youth and the disappearance of the Santiago.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jack Sparrow: The Pirate Chase
  6. 6.0 6.1 Story of Davy Jones and Calypso
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  8. 8.0 8.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Pirates' Guidelines
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  10. Pirates of the Caribbean (game)
  11. Estimation based on Morgan's historical lifetime and his pirate career.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court
  13. The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook, p15.
  14. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Visual Guide, p15: "Port Royal"
  15. Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm. Estimated date, assuming Franklin was around ten years old when Sparrow met him; Jack would likely be a few years older.
  16. Quote about the incident shows that Blackbeard's death never happened and it was just a legend, "And what of you? The mighty Blackbeard. Beheaded, they say. Still, your body swam three times around your ship and climbed back onboard."
  17. The Buccaneer's Heart!
  18. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game)
  19. Torrents starts his search for the Sword of Cortés one year before Jack steals the scabbard from him. See 1725.
  20. That happened one year before Arabella joins Jack in his search for the Sword of Cortés.
  21. Estimation based on Jack Sparrow's age in The Price of Freedom. Jack is 25 years old in The Price of Freedom and 15 or 16 in the book series.
  22. Jack Sparrow and Arabella Smith are stated to be a "couple years" older than 13-year-old Tumen and Jean Magliore.
  23. Jack Sparrow: The Siren Song
  24. Jack Sparrow: The Sword of Cortés
  25. Toolajee Angria, whom Jack Sparrow encounters in India, was seven years old at that time. Since Toolaje's father, Kanhoji Angria, died in 1729, shortly before Toolajee's birth, Jack's quest for the Shadow Gold is set in 1736.
  26. In the previous movies, there seemed to be quite a wide range in terms of historical accuracy, and I think they did, 'as long as it made sense, find out what's the most fun thing to use.' We picked a date of 1750, we all got together in a room, and said, 'right, let's have a date we can pick and choose from, so we said 1750… and if it was a bit earlier, or just a hair later, maybe we'd do what was most fun for the storytelling, but we're in that range, we're saying mid-1700s. - John Myhre
  27. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Movie Graphic Novel
  28. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  29. The Price of Freedom Chapter Two Barbossa was in his early forties when Jack Sparrow was twenty years old.
  30. "There's not been a gathering like this in our lifetime." - Barbossa on the Fourth Brethren Court.
  31. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Estimation based on Keith Richards' age during the filming of AWE.
  32. The Price of Freedom Chapter One Christophe is ten years older than Jack Sparrow.
  33. The Price of Freedom Chapter One Esmeralda is six years older than Jack Sparrow.
  34. Estimation based on Johnny Depp's age during the filming of The Curse of the Black Pearl.
  35. Estimation based on Penélope Cruz's age during the filming of On Stranger Tides.
  36. Estimation based on Jack Davenport's age during the filming of The Curse of the Black Pearl.
  37. 37.0 37.1 Irene Tremble's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl junior novelization
  38. Dead Man's Chest "Heroes and Villains" series 1
  40. The Price of Freedom Chapter Four. Jack Sparrow was twenty five years old when Cutler Beckett promoted him to the rank of a captain.
  41. 41.0 41.1 The Price of Freedom
  42. The mutiny occurs ten years prior to the main action of The Curse of the Black Pearl as evidenced by Barbossa's line to Jack Sparrow: "Ten years you carry that pistol, and now you waste your shot."
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 43.4 The Curse of the Black Pearl Audio Commentary with Screenwriters Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert
  44. "I recognize this ship, I saw it eight years ago on the crossing from England" - Elizabeth Swann on the Black Pearl (The Curse of the Black Pearl)
  45. 45.0 45.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Visual Guide, p38 "A Motley Crew"
  46. The Accidental Pirate!
  47. It is unknown when most of these events took place, whether it was in the same year Curse of the Black Pearl took place or the year Dead Man's Chest took place.
  48. Revenge of the Pirates!
  49. Dead Man's Chest takes place a year after The Curse of the Black Pearl as evidenced by Jack Sparrow's line about being captain of the Black Pearl for only "two years" before the mutiny, which was ten years before the first film. Davy Jones confirms their deal occured thirteen years prior to DMC, leaving another year to account for the time between films.
  50. One of the original POTC sites stated that At World's End took place about two months after Dead Man's Chest.
  51. Wordplay Forums: Pretty close …, posted by Terry Rossio (May 23, 2007)
  52. "That was before I met him, back when he was captain of the Black Pearl." - Joshamee Gibbs. The Visual Guide also states Gibbs and Jack were old pirate friends, and Gibbs later left to join the Navy.
  53. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, p10-11: "Joshamee Gibbs"