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The Greatest Pirate Who Ever Lived Was a Woman

You wouldn’t want to cross this lady

Photograph by Luke Southern (Unsplash)

Blackbeard, Francis Drake, Captain Kidd — these are the pirates we’ve all heard of. But the greatest pirate who ever lived was actually a woman named Ching Shih.

At the start of the nineteenth century, this legendary criminal led an almighty pirate federation in the South China Sea. And whilst her…

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