The Chinese Female Pirate Who Commanded 80,000 Outlaws | Atlas Obscura

A painting of the city of Canton c. 1800, where Ching Shih lived before she became a pirate. (Photo: Unknown Chinese artist/Public Domain)

At the dawn of the 19th century, a former prostitute from a floating brothel in the city of Canton was wed to Cheng I, a fearsome pirate who operated in the South China Sea in the Qing dynasty.

Though the name under which we now know her, Ching Shih, simply means “Cheng’s widow,” the legacy she left behind far exceeded that…

Source: The Chinese Female Pirate Who Commanded 80,000 Outlaws | Atlas Obscura

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