Most successful pirate in history was Ching Shih, a Chinese commanding 300 boats manned by over 20,000 lesser pirates.

Most successful pirate in history was Ching Shih, a Chinese commanding 300 boats manned by over 20,000 lesser pirates.

Ching Shih, who lived and pillaged during the Qing Dynasty, has been called the most successful pirate in history.

The Chinese Female Pirate Who Commanded 80,000 Outlaws

Ching Shih, who lived and pillaged during the Qing Dynasty, has been called the most successful pirate in history.

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With the death of her pirate husband in 1807, the former prostitute Ching Shih took command of several hundred ships, extorting money throughout the South China Sea. Her Red Flag Fleet was feared from the Chinese coast to Malaysia. Unable to defeat her, the Chinese government offered her amnesty. She took it & retired w/her immense loot as a respectable millionairess. She also took good care of her crew: most of Ching's pirates were pardoned.

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With the death of her pirate husband in 1807, the former prostitute Ching Shih took command of several hundred ships, extorting money throughout the South China Sea. Her Red Flag Fleet was feared from the Chinese coast to Malaysia. Unable to defeat her, the Chinese government offered her amnesty. She took it & retired w/her immense loot as a respectable millionairess. She also took good care of her crew: most of Ching's pirates were pardoned.

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Maybe Ethro has a favorite coat. :) Her wearing this military, men's jacket would really tick off her half-sisters and the guy who might be her father.

Ching Shih 鄭氏 (1775-1844) Cheng I Sao Ching Shih was one of Asia’s strongest pirates who terrorized the China Sea in the early 19th century. At the height of her power she commanded at least 1000 junks and 20.000 to 40.000 pirates. Ching Shih was...

Ching Shih 鄭氏 (1775-1844) Cheng I Sao Ching Shih was one of Asia’s strongest pirates who terrorized the China Sea in the early 19th century. At the height of her power she commanded at least 1000 junks and 20.000 to 40.000 pirates. Ching Shih was...

Ching Shih, who lived and pillaged during the Qing Dynasty, has been called the most successful pirate in history.

The Chinese Female Pirate Who Commanded 80,000 Outlaws

Ching Shih, who lived and pillaged during the Qing Dynasty, has been called the most successful pirate in history.

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