Ching Shih[1]:65 (Chinese; literally: ‘widow of Zheng’) (born Shih Yang (Chinese; 1775–1844), a.k.a. Cheng I Sao (Chinese), was a Chinese pirate leader who terrorized the China Seas during the Jiaqing Emperor period of the Qing dynasty in the early 19th-century. She commanded over 300 junks (traditional Chinese sailing ships) manned by 20,000 to 40,000 pirates[1]:71—men, women, and even children. She entered into conflict with the major nations, such as the British Empire, the Portuguese Empire, and the Qing dynasty.[2]

Our theme song was written and performed by Anna Bosnick. If you’d like to support the show on a per episode basis, you can find our Patreon page here.  Be sure to check our website for more details.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *