Who Was The GREATEST Female Warrior In History
Who was the GREATEST Female Warrior in History? From born leaders to amazing samurais…stay tuned to number 1 to hear about the most amazing female warriors of all time!
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Number 10: Fu Hao.
Regarded as the earliest known female general during China’s Shang Dynasty, Fu Hao lived around 3000 years ago. This was during China’s Bronze Age, and all known knowledge of her feats were found carved into bone and tortoise shells. Feats that include at least one crusade where she led 3000 soldiers into battle.
In 1976 her tomb was discovered in Anyang, China, and much to the archaeologist’s surprise there were not only over 100 weapons buried in the tomb alongside her, but they also found the remains of 16 slaves who had been buried alive with the warrior in order to serve her in the afterlife. All these serve as indicators that she was a high ranking military leader and that her exploits must far exceed the little that is actually known about her.
Number 9: Artemisia 1 of Caria.
Named after the famous Greek Goddess of the hunt, Artemis. Artemisia was the queen of Halicarnassus, a city that still exists in modern day Turkey. She was an ally of the King of Persia, and served as a naval commander for his military. Known for her intelligent strategies in war, she was also known to be ruthless and to do whatever is necessary to guarantee her and her peoples survival.
The best example of this comes in the form of Persia’s battle with the Greeks. Upon seeing a Greek ship coming straight for her own, she rammed one of her friendly Persian ships, sinking it in the process. In doing this, she tricked the Greeks into thinking that she was one of them while Xerxes believed that she had actually rammed a Greek ship.
According to records she did not die in battle, but allegedly after the man she loved rejected her, she jumped from the top of the tall rocks in Leuca, Greece. It is said that she is buried nearby the very cliff where she jumped.
Number 8: Lozen.
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Lozen was an Apache warrior who fought alongside her brother in the 1870’s; she and her brother’s tribe had been forced into the San Carlos Reservation, also known as Hell’s Forty Acres, due to its terrible living conditions. Once there, she and her brother, Victorio rallied up some soldiers and fought back against the settlers in New Mexico’s Black Mountain, striking fear into their hearts and taking back the land.
Lozen was best known for taking pity on the women and children in the raids and would help them to safety in order to save them from injury or death during the battles. Despite her soft spot for helping women and children, her brother is known to have said that she was his right hand, stronger and braver than any man and just as smart in strategy, which was definitely a compliment for the time.
Unfortunately her brother was killed in battle while she was helping others get to safety, so she then joined part of a vengeance fuelled attack that crossed all of New Mexico in 1881 and she later even fought alongside Geronimo before his surrender. She was subsequently captured and is believed to have died from tuberculosis while in prison.
Number 7: Nakano Takeko.
Samurais are best known for their incredible discipline and ability to wield katana’s without cutting themselves new breathing holes. Nakano is one of only a few known female samurai of all time; she was well educated in martial arts and played an important role in the Boshin War, a Japanese civil war that lasted from the 3rd of January 1868 until the 18th of May 1869. As she was not recognized as part of the official army, she led her own squad known as the Joshitai, or women’s army into battle. Her prowess in the war was well noted through her use of the naginta, which is a Japanese pole arm, but was shot in the chest during battle. Fearing that she would be mutilated and her head kept as a war trophy she instructed her sister to cut off her head and bury it. Her sister obliged and today her head is buried below a pine tree at Hokai-ji temple in Fukushima.
Number 6: Tomoe Gozen.
While we are on female samurai, 700 years before Nakano came the legend, Tomoe Gozen, who was one of the other few female samurai ever recorded. Famous for her participation in the Genpai War, which lasted from 1180 to 1185, she broke all prejudice at the time and was allowed to fight alongside the men.
History records her as being an extremely strong archer and swordsman; able to fight either on foot or horseback, she was said to be respected, fearless and even beautiful.