Captain Barbossa Sword
Hector Barbossa Sword 
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   Who’s smart enough to outwit Captain Jack Sparrow? Who’s fast enough to best him in single combat? Who’s the only other man capable of taking the helm of the Black Pearl? Yes,yes, I know you already know. The title of this page gives it away, but could you at least pretend to be curious? Of course it’s Hector Barbosa. Who else would it be? Yes, he fell prey to the dreaded Mayan Curse (Is there any curse that is not dreaded, I ask. No one answers except the little man deep in the well of my consciouosness who says “Shut up,you. We’re trying to sleep down here!”). But beside this one little gaffe, Barbosa is so smart, so tough and so canny that it takes all three of our heroes (Sparrow, Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner) to ultimately defeat him. And even then they were not rid of him. As I’m sure you’re aware of, Barbosa plays a big role in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, At World’s End.

Not much has been revealed about Barbosa. His name is a nod to the famous historical pirate Barbarossa (stuff on Barbarossa). But who is the man behind the monkey? Who is this Barbosa who can steal the Black Pearl from Captain Jack Sparrow? Who can curse an entire crew, then keep their loyalty for years? Well, we know that he was once Jack’s first mate. And we know that he marooned Jack on a deserted island and took over as Captain of the Black Pearl. Other than that, he’s pretty much a mystery.

We can come up with a little on our own if we read the clues correctly. He is obviously a well educated man. Not only was he able to find the Mayan treasure, but he has an extremely good vocabulary, as evidenced by his first conversation with Elizabeth Swan (you’ll recall the **what’s that word they said** running joke about xxxx). He’s an extremely good swordsman, as exemplified in his duel with Captain Sparrow at the end of the original. He may be a good sailor, but he probably is not a fantastic sailor. I say this because he was outsailed by Swann and her crew at the end of Episode I, despite having the fastest ship in the Caribbean and an experienced crew. Whish is not necessarily a horrible thing; Captain Henry Morgan was said to have been a mediocre sailor, running several of his ships aground, yet he still goes down as one of the most successful pirates in history.

But Barbosa’s best trait, his most effective tool, is his charisma and leadership. He led the crew of the Black Pearl to mutiny against Sparrow, then, after getting them all cursed, they continued to follow him. He is an endearing, likable character despite being a villain in every way. It is a testament to Johnny Depp’s acting ability that Barbosa’s character doesn’t outshine Sparrow’s.
When Strongblade refers to a "Battle Sword," we are referring to most European medieval swords with blades longer than 35” or so. These type of swords included hand-and-a-half swords (sometimes refered to as Bastard Swords) and the big two-handed swords. Real battle swords had blades well in excess of this, and, in fact, a 35" sword was considered a bit skimpy for fighting skirmishes. But for home use and light sparring, a 36" blade is fairly long.
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