Madame Ching Shih

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Madame Ching or Ching Shih was a prominent pirate in middle Qing China, who terrorized the China Sea in the early 19th century. She personally commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000 to 40,000 pirates — men, women, and even children; while the rest of her entire naval fleet commanded by her subordinates had more than 1,500 naval vessels with a crew upwards of 180,000.  She entered into conflict with the existing empires of the time, such as the British, Portuguese and the Qing dynasty. She was one of the few pirate captains to retire from piracy.

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