The most successful pirate of all time

Spoiler alert: It’s a woman!

At the height of their power, infamous Caribbean pirates like Blackbeard and Henry Morgan commanded as many as ten ships and several hundred men. But their stories pale next to the most successful pirate of all time, Madame Zheng, who commanded 1,800 vessels, made enemies of several empires, and still lived to old age. 

Learn the story of Madame Zheng by watching the TED-Ed Lesson The most successful pirate of all time – Dian Murray

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