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Indomitable pirate queen who ran Morocco and ruined Portuguese trade.
Sigrid the Haughty
When some scrubs hit on her, she burnt them alive. When a king slapped her across the face, she obliterated his kingdom. Sigrid the Haughty was not to be messed with.
This single mom developed the field of Mexican archaeology, while fiercely protecting it from the sleazy and opportunistic.
When horse-riding Spaniards invaded, she defied her tribe to befriend one of the abandoned horses, using her new bond to fight off the Spanish.