Cheng I

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Cheng I (1765 – 1807) [1] (鄭一, pinyin: Zhèng Yī, Cantonese: Jihng Yāt, also romanised as Zheng Yi) was one of the most powerful Chinese pirates along the Chinese coast during the 19th century. He and his wife Ching Shih, a prostitute whom he fell in love with, captured Cheung Po Tsai who according to legend became her lover. Cheung was later adopted by them. After Cheng I died on November 16, 1807, Ching Shih took over the pirating business.[2]


  1. ^ Dian H. Murray 1987, p.64.
  2. ^ Dian H. Murray 1987, p.71.
Murray, Dian H. (1987). Pirates of the South China Coast, 1790-1810. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-1376-6.