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.

To find out more about this fascinating woman check out these links! (Thank you sadpubes for suggesting her to me!)

To find out more about this fascinating woman check out these links! (Thank you sadpubes for suggesting her to me!)

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.

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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Ching Shih: Princess of the Chinese Seas (1775 - 1844) via Rejected Princesses. She is that which BAMF was modeled after.

Ching Shih: Princess of the Chinese Seas (1775 - 1844) via Rejected Princesses. She is that which BAMF was modeled after.

"'Be careful!' I roll my eyes. What a baby. 'I've done this a hundred times, don't worry!' 'I just don't want you to hurt yourself.' 'I won't be the one to get hurt if you don't shut up!'"

"'Be careful!' I roll my eyes. What a baby. 'I've done this a hundred times, don't worry!' 'I just don't want you to hurt yourself.' 'I won't be the one to get hurt if you don't shut up!'"

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