The incredible story of a Chinese courtesan who became the most dangerous pirate in history
• The incredible story of a Chinese courtesan who became the most dangerous pirate in the history of
Zheng Shi - a famous Chinese Courtesan - has managed to become a storm seas, leading a fleet of 1800 ships and 80 000 people. She led the largest in the history of the pirate organization, winning in the confrontation with the great powers. For a few years this woman has achieved power, and married her son.
Zheng Shi (right) in action.
In 1801, a Chinese prostitute "Madame Ching" became the wife of Zheng Yi - the formidable pirate who hunted in the South China Sea.
The story goes that he took a bride because of its reputation of a shrewd businessman. Zheng Shi, using the privileges of his profession, received valuable information, by means of which had the control of wealthy clients and politicians. Financial and business savvy young Chinese women will certainly become a great help in her future career of a pirate.
in the Chinese city of Canton Species in 1800, where she lived Zheng Shi.
With the help of his wife, Zheng formidable and united under its control many pirates and kept at bay the entire Chinese coast. About 400 ships - junks obey his orders. And most directly involved in the "business" took his wife and adopted son. After six years of marriage, Zheng and lost at sea. His death left a widow, Ching Shih, in a difficult position. However, she was able to further increase its strength. A few years later she commanded a fleet of pirate ships in 1800 and approximately 80,000 people. For comparison, the famous pirate Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard commanded four ships and 300 pirates.
As a result, Zheng Shi is known as the most successful pirate in history.
A female pirate Ching Shih.
Keep in check a number of wayward people was not easy. Zheng Shi combined its vast fleet of pirates with the help of a code of law. The laws were strict. Any pirate who does not comply with the order, beheaded on the spot. Particularly unusual were the rules in respect of captive women. If a pirate raping captive, he was executed. If sex between them was consensual, both executed.
Photo junks in Canton, about 1880 believed that Shi Zheng commanded about 1,800 of these pirate ships.
Married at the Zheng Yi and Zheng Shi had no children, and they have adopted a 15-year-old boy. For the head of the family, he became not only a son but also her lover. After the death of Zheng And former prostitute cohabited with his adopted son, and then marry him. For China in those years it was considered the norm.
A shot from the film about Zheng Shi.
Control of the pirates of the sea coast, looting passing merchant ships, levying tribute from the villages forced the Chinese government to respond decisively. All attempts to defeat the pirates both on its own and with the help of the Portuguese Navy and the East India Company were unsuccessful.
But pirate fleet under the command of Zheng Shi was unbeatable. After three years of domination in the open sea, Zheng Shi finally came down in 1810, taking the Chinese government's offer of amnesty for himself and all the pirates.
This decision was prompted by the looming conflict between the pirate leaders. Probably, Zheng Shi realized it was time to give up piracy.
The artistic image of the great Chinese women: Ms. Jing in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."
Little is known about the life of Ching Shih after retirement. It is known that she was holding his hotel with the gambling house and brothel, and died at the ripe old age of 69, leaving a mark in the history and in popular culture. In her honor, a character created powerful Mistress Ching - one of the nine pirate lords in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean".