China’s Pirate Queen: Zheng Yi Sao/Shi Yang.

The story of the most successful pirate of all time.

Niall Leah
6 min readOct 16, 2022

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Alex Tooth

One of the most feared pirates of all time was missing a few clichés details No wooden leg, parrot, or even a long dark beard. She was, in fact, unable to grow one.

She went by a few different names. Her most famous one is Zheng Yi Sao, but she was born Shi Yang.

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Niall Leah

An ex-pat from the UK living in Chengdu, China. I satisfy my endless curiosity about the incredible journey of humanity by reading, traveling, and writing.