The map is a piece of equipment each pirate carries to help navigate the Caribbean.
Press M or click on the Sea Chest in the lower-right to bring up the menu bar, there is a Map button with a globe icon. Select this option to open the map window. The map will display the complete Caribbean, but only a portion at a time. You are wherever the map is centered, either on an island or on a ship at sea.
From this map, you can select an island to teleport to (if you have the Teleportation Totem) or you can return to your Port of Call. You may also locate which ocean (server) you are currently on as well select from the list of oceans to move to.
By holding down the left mouse button and dragging, you can move the map around to see the entire sea. Each island and ocean area is named. If you are on a ship, the vessel will also appear.
If a pirate has a teleportation totem for a specific island (Port Royal, Tortuga, Cuba, Raven's Cove and Padres Del Fuego), they can immediately teleport to it, by left-clicking on that island. Also, the two privateer islands, Isla De La Avaricia and Ile D'Etable De Porc are accessible.
Note: Pirates must earn teleportation totems by completing quests. Pirates cannot teleport while in land combat or directly after combat.
At the top of the Map screen is the ocean (server) name. If you click on the yellow bar, you will open up the available server list. Servers are listed in alphabetical order and will display activity level. If the server name is in red, then that server is full and the pirate will not be able to teleport to it.
Changing servers is important if the current server is too busy and causing game lag or if the pirate wishes to engage in Pirate-vs-Pirate contests, but the server does not have enough pirates to challenge.
On the main islands (Port Royal, Tortuga, Cuba, Padres Del Fuego, and Raven's Cove), there is a map of the town. This map displays your pirates position, exits and entrances to Caves and Jungles, Dinghys, and local merchants.
The map can be opened by holding down the F8 key or by clicking the small map icon at the lower right of the compass.
On the map, like the Compass, blue dots are other players, purple dots are crew members, green dots are NPCs (non-playable characters, or townsfolk), and red dots are enemies.
At Sea, Enemy Ships are displayed as red ship icons, French Ships are displayed as a ship icon with blue, red, and white stripes, Spanish Ships are displayed with red and yellow stripes, normal player ships are displayed as blue, The Queen Anne's Revenge is displayed as a golden skull & crossbones, and the Head of the Treasure Fleet is depicted as a Royal Chest.