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Ching Shih

Ching Shih

Ching Shih, also known as Cheng I Sao, was a prominent pirate in Qing China who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 19th century. She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000-40,000 pirates. Another estimate has Cheng's fleet at 1,800 and crew at about 80,000— men, women, and even children. She challenged the empires of the time, such as the British, Portuguese and the Qing dynasty. Undefeated, she would become one of China and Asia's strongest pirates, and one of world history's most powerful pirates. She was also one of the few pirate captains to retire from piracy. Jihng Sih is featured in numerous books, novels, video games and films. ... more on Wikipedia

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