EPISODE 24 The Pirate Queen

“I never planted wheat and never will, so long as there are other harvests to be reaped with the sword.” —Robert E. Howard (from ‘Beyond the Black River’) “In the rough and violent world of seafaring, mariners could not afford to always abide by the niceties of the law or proper etiquette.” —Robert J Anthony“There is no greater calamity than not knowing what is enough”. —Tao Te Ching At the very beginning of the 1800s, a Chinese woman went from being employed as a prostitute in the floating brothels close to Canton to becoming the leader of the biggest pirate confederacy in modern history. Despite ending up as one of the most successful pirates ever, little is known about her. Today, we dive into the mystery and explore her story. In this episode:The three waves of piracy Piracy as a family business The boat people “People are not born sea bandits, but drift into brigandage because they can no longer support themselves.” Wang Zhiyin governor of FujianThe Tay-Son rebellion Death by a thousand cutsThe seven pirate bosses and the creation of the biggest pirate confederacy in modern historyWhen pirates invite you to join their crew, saying ‘no’ is not an optionA pirate’s life for me: opium, prostitutes, gambling, fightsThe rise of Cheng I Sao, and her saving the Confederacy Chang Pao Cheng I Sao’s law: “Off with his head!” Former prostitute, full time pirate leader and part time shamanStraight out of Game of Thrones: fireboats Cheng I Sao and the Taoist talent of knowing when to stopPATREON NEWS: I have just started a Patreon account!!!! If you feel in a generous mood, please, check it out at www.patreon.com/historyonfire This episode is sponsored by www.blueapron.com/onfire For less than $ 10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers straight to your door seasonal recipes along with pre-portioned ingredients to make delicious, home-cooked meals. Get your first three meals free—with free shipping—by going to www.blueapron.com/onfire This episode is also brought to you by Erik Magraken, a personal injury lawyer and combat sports regulatory lawyer. Please check out his websites at https://combatsportslaw.com/ and http://bc-injury-law.com/ Please, also show some love to my regular sponsors by shopping for supplements, special foods, clothing and exercise equipment at http://www.onnit.com/history and receive a 10% discount. And if you are in the market for backpacks, computer bags and other hemp gear, check out my favorites at http://www.dsgear.com My lady (and author of History on Fire logo, plus producer and editor of History on Fire) has a FB public page about her art & fighting: https://www.facebook.com/NahryEm/. Thank you to Onnit, Datsusara, Float Clinic, Shaman’s Simple Solutions, War Fuel, Proven Nutrition, and Fight Chix for sponsoring her for her first MMA fight. If you’d like to check out Fight Chix merchandise, you can get a 20% discount by going to http://www.fightchix.com/ and entering the code Fire20 upon checkout.This is my public FB page: https://www.facebook.com/danielebolelli1/ Here is a link to the audiobook of my “Not Afraid”: http://www.danielebolelli.com/downloads/not-afraid-audiobook/ For those of you who may be interested, here is a lecture series I created about Taoist philosophy: http://www.danielebolelli.com/downloads/taoist-lectures/

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