The Relationship Between Mary Read And Anne Bonny

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Register to read the introduction… Mary Read was an illegitimate child born outside of London. Her mother dressed and raised her as a boy in order to continue receiving support from her dead husband’s family. Mary like dressing as male so much she continued it most of her life, and became a sailor. After some time sailing she also served as a soldier in both infantry and cavalry units, very often proving braver and more courageous than her fellow soldiers. While serving as a soldier she fell in love with one of her comrades, and found a way to let him know she was a woman, and shortly thereafter they married. After they were married, Mary and her new husband left the service and set up a restaurant where their former comrades could come and eat. However, not long after they opened the restaurant Mary’s husband died and the war ended, leaving Mary with no spouse, and no income since the soldiers no longer came to eat at the restaurant. She gave up her restaurant and went back into sailing. Eventually the ship she was on sailed to the West Indies where it was captured by pirates, whom she eventually joined. Initially Mary Read had no intentions of becoming a pirate as it was something “she always abhor’d” (Defoe, 1999, p. 146), and she was not planning on staying on that ship. Her intentions to leave the ship changed when she fell in love with another pirate. Her new love had run into trouble with a much larger pirate than him, fearing the worst for her love, she picked a fight with the same pirate and scheduled him to a duel, killing him two hours before her lover was to fight him. Mary’s life as a pirate came to an end in 1720, when the ship she and her crewmates were captured and imprisoned. At the trial, Mary Read informed everyone that she was pregnant, and escaped execution with the rest of her …show more content…
Two years after her husband’s death Ching I Sao ruled the Red Fleet which consisted of 1,700 ships and over 80,000 male pirates as well as a support network of women, children, farmers and spies. She was so powerful that the Chinese government call her the ‘Harlot Admiral’ and she controlled one of the most powerful navies in the world. In 1808 the Government decided to put a stop to her fleet and attacked her. Her pirate fleet won, capturing many government junks and destroying even more. By the end of 1808 every attempt to attack and stop Ching I Sao resulted in loss to the government, losing 63 ships in total. The government then attempted to blockade Ching’s fleet which resulted in coastal villages being looted and burned. As a last resort the Chinese government asked for assistance from the British, Dutch, and Portuguese navies. All of them failed to defeat Ching I Sao’s fleet. In 1810, tired of losing junks and men to the pirate, the government offered amnesty to the pirates. Ching I Sao unexpectedly showed up at the government headquarters with pirate women and children, coming totally unarmed to negotiate a deal for her, her crew and her husband. Cheng Pao received military rank, a 25 junk fleet and was allowed to keep a considerable amount of his money. Her crew was allowed to join the royal navy if they chose, or walk away without losing their heads. For herself, she negotiated the title ‘Lady by Imperial Decree’ and was allowed to keep all of her accumulated wealth. She took her money, and opened a gambling house/brothel in Canton where she lived until 1844 where she died a

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