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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Caribbean. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Caribbean so important!

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Top 10 Caribbean facts that will blow your mind.

  1. While filming Pirates of the Caribbean in London, Johnny Depp received a letter from a local 9 year old girl, who asked for help with "munity" against her teachers. Depp turned up with no warning at the school in full Jack Sparrow outfit, but advised against munity.

  2. The cast of “Pirates of the Caribbean” learned how to work with cannons and swords in Pirates School, which included getting trained by the late famed swordsman Bob Anderson, who also was the lightsaber master who fought battles as Darth Vader in the Star Wars films.

  3. In 1936, Orson Welles directed an entirely African American cast in a production of Macbeth set in the Caribbean, nicknamed Voodoo Macbeth, where Haitian vodou took the place of Scottish witchcraft

  4. Keira Knightley had an acting agent by the age of 6, was in Star Wars at 13, Pirates of the Caribbean at 17, and was nominated for an Oscar for Pride and Prejudice at 20.

  5. NASA makes a movie poster every time the send an expedition to the international space station. Some of the themes are The Matrix, Star wars and Pirates of the Caribbean.

  6. Blackbeard was actually only in his 30s when he was doing the pirate stuff (IE not an old man like in Pirates of the Caribbean)?

  7. It was first assumed that the sharks in the freshwater Lake Nicaragua were an endemic species, but it was later observed that the sharks were able to jump up and down the rapids of the freshwater San Juan River (which connects Lake Nicaragua and the Caribbean Sea) like salmon.

  8. In the first Pirates of The Caribbean movie, the director insisted on actually having 882 Aztec coins in the chest for "a sense of historical fantasy". Johnny Depp also used a real pistol, made in 1760.

  9. Hans Zimmer, the composer/producer for over 150 movies, including The Lion King, Gladiator, all Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Pearl Harbor, Rush, Inception, the Dark Knight, etc; had only 2 weeks of formal music education (piano lessons as a child).

  10. Richard Branson's mom once got caught in a fire at her son's Caribbean island home. Kate Winslet who was also at the house at the time picked her up and helped her down four steps. At the time of the incident they were watching Titanic on DVD.

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If they actually made 2 more Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the 7th would have a negative Rotten Tomatoes score

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Sailing points of Caribbean Rose ship in Sailaway

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In 1963, Heineken created a beer bottle that could also function as a brick to build houses in impoverished countries after he took a trip to the island of Curacao in the Caribbean Sea and discovered that he could barely walk 15 feet on the beach without stepping on a littered Heineken bottle.

Only about 4% of the slaves brought over to the New World were destined for the United States -- the vast majority were sent to South America and the Caribbean.

The indigenous peoples of the Caribbean had a God of disorder and chaos called 'Juracán'. This word is the origin of the English word 'hurricane'

In 1963-6 a 120ft supergun fired over 200 projectiles weighing as much 180kg each as far as 180km into space from the Caribbean island of Barbados, setting an altitude record that has still not been broken - and the abandoned supergun is still in place on the island.

The plants we know as "peppers" (chili, bell, etc.) are only called that because Christopher Columbus thought they tasted like black pepper when he first tried them in the Caribbean.

The screenplay for Pirates of the Caribbean was finished in the 1990s. Steven Spielberg stumbled upon it and campaigned to direct the film with Robin Williams starring as Jack Sparrow

In 2007 China spent $40 million to build a stadium on a small Caribbean island. However the opening ceremony was ruined after the locals accidentally played Taiwan's national anthem

Heineken developed squared beer bottles to be used as bricks. The plan was to eliminate waste on beaches and provide building materials to the Caribbean market.

Caribbean Sperm Whales have regional accents and dialects, and tend to associate only with other whales that have the same "culture" as they do.

In the 1994 Caribbean Cup, due to an unusual variant of the golden goal rule where a goal in extra time was worth double points, Barbadoes scored an own goal deliberately as it was the only way for them to progress to the finals.

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland once used real skeletons taken from UCLA's Medical Center. Rumors still persist that a few of them still remains in the attraction.

Producers feared Johnny Depp's portrayal of Jack Sparrow would kill the Pirates of the Caribbean, with the head of Disney Studios exclaiming "Goddammit, Johnny Depp's ruining the film!"

More than 10 million enslaved Africans to reach the Western Hemisphere, less than 4% of the total came to North America. To be dwarfed by 1.3 million brought to Spanish Central America, 4 million brought to British, French, Dutch & Danish holdings in the Caribbean and 4.8 million to Brazil.

The Parrot fish eat coral and poop sand and are responsible for many of the islands and beaches of the Caribbean.

The most dangerous tree is the manchineel found in Florida and the Caribbean..the sap is so poisonous and acidic that the merest contact with human skin causes a breakout of blisters, and blindness can occur if it touches a person´s eyes.

France and Netherlands share a land border . It's in the Caribbean on Saint Martin - the smallest inhabited island divided between two countries

A porn company spent $8,000,000 producing a porno parody of Pirates of the Caribbean

The script for Pirates of the Caribbean was originally an adaptation of the video game series Monkey Island

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the scene where Jack was dancing and yelling "I've got a jar of dirt." was not scripted. All of the cast's reactions are actually real.

In the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney ride, the pirates' chess game is designed so that any move will cause a stalemate. Thus, they will play the same game forever.

Heavy fertilizer runoff in the Caribbean has led to a massive seaweed bloom that is piling up on beaches, in some areas, as much as 10 feet high.

Buccaneers derived their name from the Arawak word for buccan, a wooden meat smoker. This smoked meat was purchased largely by Caribbean privateers who eventually gained the nickname.

There were so many sea turtles in the Caribbean Sea when Christopher Columbus arrived that his crew was kept awake at night by the sound of the turtles banging against the hulls of the ships.

In 1772, Alexander Hamilton survived a hurricane in the Caribbean and wrote a letter about his ordeal. His vivid descriptions moved people to start a fund to move him to New York to get an education. He went on to become a Founding Father and greatly shaped our early nation.

European Eels are born in the Caribbean. They drift across the Atlantic to Europe and then navigate up rivers to live in ponds & lakes. It is unknown how they migrate back to the Caribbean to reproduce.