|The specification of the historical timeframe for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies is not easy. Creative liberty of the authors and naps they held during history lessons (ever heard of Queen Anne, gentlemen?) make it difficult for aficionados to agree even on the century.
With the help of Mr. Gillette's mathematical talents and Mr. Norrington's in-depth historical knowledge, we have tackled this problem from a strictly scientific point of view and have made an evaluation based on the currently available data. Please take into account that these are average numbers.
THE GILLINGTON FORMULA
HMS Interceptor ("Lady Washington") launched in
HMS Dauntless ("HMS Victory") launched in
HMS Endeavour ("HMS Victory") launched in
HMS Providence ("HMS Rose")* launched in
Wig worn by Gov. Swann (gift by King Charles II of England)
Clothing style worn at Norrington's promotion ceremony
Norrington's uniform worn during the ceremony
Norrington's neck decoration worn during the ceremony
Gillette's shoes worn all through the movie
Official introduction of uniforms for officers of the Royal Navy
Colour of uniform breeches changed from blue to white
Adoption of the "Union Jack" as flown in HMS Providence
Year Port Royal was destroyed in an earthquake
Coronation year of King George I of Ireland and Great Britain
Coronation year of King II of Ireland and Great Britain
Coronation year of King Ferdinand VI of Spain
John Carteret becoming appointed Lord President of the Council
Henry Pelham becoming Prime Minister
Singapore named Singapore in
Pirate code of conduct by Capt. Bartholomew Roberts
Death of Edward Teach aka "Blackbeard"
Total of years
|The formula to determine the year of the events as portrayed in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" is:|
|Total number of years
______________________ = Historical Timeframe
Factors (individual years)
_____ = HTF
_____ = 1747.52
|Following the Gillington Formula, "Pirates of the Caribbean" is set in May 1747.
This is only a rough estimate, of course. There is a rebellious sub-fraction among experts who take the number of Captain Jack Sparrow's rings, the height of Gov. Swann (in cm) and the shoe-size of Horatio Nelson into account (because no essay on the Royal Navy is complete without at least one reference to Nelson), but that would take things a little too far.
Those who claim that the movies are set mid/end of the 17th century are herewith kindly asked to explain to Queen Anne how comes George signed a document as "king" during her reign. George wouldn't have had time to sign any letters of marque, anyway. He was too busy organising the murder of his wife's lover.
To keep things simple and easy to follow, we therefore suggest to remove Queen Anne from the history books, assume that New Amsterdam was the capital of Newcastle and insist that the Boston Tea Party took place in Portsmouth.
In conclusion: d'oh. Or, as Mr. Gillette would say: so nyah.
* HMS Surprise, which was used in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", is a replica of HMS Rose.
No, we're not serious, just having fun spotting historical blunders. Data collected through research and by consultation of the links listed here
TIMELINE FOR "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN"