Ching Shi (1775 – 1844) was a prositute from southeastern China. She became one of the most powerful female pirate, with the command of a fleet exceeding 300 ships.
After a coalition with the Cantonese pirate forces, the Red Flag fleet grew to more than 1700 ships, manned by more than 50 000 pirates. Ching Shi entered in conflict with the Portuguese Empire, the British Empire, and the Qing dinasty, and became the “Terror of South China”.
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