The high seas weren't just ruled by male rogues; in fact, there were always plenty of female pirates who reigned supreme in oceans around the world. So, who were the most notorious sea queens of history? One of the baddest was certainly Ching Shih, AKA Cheng I Sao, one of the most successful women pirates to ever pirate.
One of the fiercest pirates from China to ever set sail, Ching Shih began life as a sex worker and negotiated her own marriage to a pirate king. After his passing, she ruled over 70,000 sailors, creating a ruthless band of aquatic warriors.
Read on for some fascinating facts about Ching Shih, queen of the Chinese pirates.
She Was Once A Sex Worker On A Floating Brothel
She Got Joint Control Over The Pirate Fleet When She Married Pirate King Cheng
Ching Shih's Forces Numbered Around 70,000
Ching Shih Took Her Husband's Adopted Son As Her Own Lover
Ching Shih Created A Law Code Designed To Keep Her Pirates Tough But Honest
Ching Shih Ruled Her Own Mini-State