I’ve always felt that there should be more Asian/far eastern pirate stories told, like wtf. The Caribbean or Atlantic pirating stories as we have them today are ok but no where near the level, literally every story could have pirates vs ninjas in some form or another. It’s a disservice to mankind.
This story gets wildly blown out of proportion a lot. Tons of people only ever read sensationalized videos that leave massive bits out. Extra history did a bit on this a while ago and they where particularly bad at it.
Firstly her "retirement" wasn't completely willing. She had gotten into some trouble with the Portuguese and her she could not really fight them effectively.
Here is the relevant paragraph about here retirement that gets frequently left out.
>From September 1809 to January 1810, Ching Shih and Cheung Po Tsai fleet suffered a series of defeats inflicted by the Portuguese Navy at the Battle of the Tiger's Mouth and there was no way they would be able to hold out forever. They accepted an amnesty offered by the Qing Imperial Government to all pirates who agreed to surrender, ending their career and allowed to keep the loot that same year. This amnesty allowed only 60 pirated to be banished, 151 to be exiled, and only 126 to be put to death out of her whole fleet of 17,318 pirates. They remaining pirates only had to surrender their weapons. Ching Shih and her adopted son soon fell into an affair and they asked the governor of Guangdong Zhang Bailing (張百龄) to dissolve their mother and son relationship and allow them to be married, which the governor granted. Ching Shih and Cheung Po Tsai were soon married with the governor himself as witness. In 1813, Ching Shih gave birth to her son.
She is still one of the most successful pirates ever, not getting hanged is phenomenally rare for them. But the title over states it in my opinion making it seem like she was in more control in the end then she rely was.
The second most successful pirate in history was my roommate, who had terabytes of movies, music, and porn on his hard drive.
It's preposterous how big China is, like the third bloodiest war in human history was fought there, between their emperor and a guy who claimed to be Jesus' brother.
Never a mention of it in school, think I only know about it because of some Cracked article, or maybe that's this one. Obviously both are frequent TIL's but it's weird that the war ain't more general knowledge.
300 ships? That's practically an armada. Some nations didnt have navel power on that level.
She can’t be the most successful pirate if she never obtained the One Piece
In fact, after retiring, Chin Shih actually got government pardons for many of her crewmembers, and even was able to put them in seats of relative power, keeping a level of authority that is unheard of for considered criminals. Also, she got her start on a floating brothel when she convinced one of her customers who proposed to her to give her half of his fleet. Then, after he died, she led one of the most successful pirate "empires" in history.
Retired fifteen years and living like a king in Patagonia?
You want to keep pirates in line?
This is how you keep pirates in line:
“Ching Shih's code had special rules for female captives. Standard practice was to release women, but J.L. Turner witnessed differently. Usually the pirates made their most beautiful captives their concubines or wives. If a pirate took a wife he had to be faithful to her. The ones deemed unattractive were released and any remaining were ransomed. Pirates that raped female captives were put to death, but if pirates had consensual sex with captives, the pirate was beheaded and the woman he was with had cannonballs attached to her legs and was thrown over the side of the boat.”
This would be an awesome movie.