In this latest episode Laszlo finally gets around to the oft requested subject of piracy in early 19th century China. Pirates had been a fact of life going back to the most olden days. Mid to late Qing Dynasty the amount of trade being plied on the China coast attracted pirates like never before. Zheng Yi Sao ("Zheng Yi's Wife") was a tough woman from the Pearl River Delta who married the most notorious pirate of his day Zheng Yi. Upon Zheng Yi's death, his widow took control of his massive pirate fleet. With her adopted son, and later husband Cheung Po Tsai, she controlled what as, at the time, the largest pirate fleet that preyed on coastal dwellers and vessels engaged in trade. She later became an inspiration for many characters that appeared in books, movies, video games and other media. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Zheng Shi 郑氏 Madame Zheng, Widow Zheng Zheng Yi Sao 郑一嫂 Zheng Yi Sao, wife of Zheng Yi haidao 海盗 pirate Zhejiang 浙江 East coast province of China Guangdong 广东 Southernmost province of continental China Tây Sơn Rebellion Major uprising in Vietnam from 1770 to 1802 Binh Dinh Province South central coastal province in Vietnam Da Nang Vietnam's 3rd largest city Nha Trang Coastal city in Vietnam Xishan 西山 West Mountain (Tây Sơn in Vietnamese) Guangxi 广西 One province over from Guangdong Shi 石 Common Chinese surname, means stone Ma 马Another common Chinese surname, means horse Xu 徐 Common Chinese surname. I always get it mixed up with 许. Shi Xianggu 石香姑 Zheng Yi Sao's real name Xinhui 新会 City near Jiangmen Tanka or Danjia 疍家 The boat dwelling people of south China and Fujian shuishang ren 水上人 people who live on the water Zheng Yi 郑一 South Seas pirate who ran the Red Flag Fleet. Married Shi Xianggu Red Flag Fleet 红旗帮 Hóngqí Bāng.