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Who was Christopher Condent?
Christopher Condent was an English pirate that left New
Providence along with his crew in 1718 when Woodes Rogers became governor of the
Condent was known for his cruelty as was seen on
one of his trips across the Atlantic Ocean. An Indian member of his crew was
beaten and treated very badly by others in the crew. He threatened to ignite the
ship’s powder magazine. Before a wink of an eye, Condent jumped into the hold
and shot the crew member in the face. The rest of the crew hacked the crew
member’s body into pieces, tore out his heart, boiled it, and ate it. The ship
went on and another vessel was captured, at this time half of the crew sailed
away in the newly captured ship.
Condent and his crew captured more ships as the
Cape Verde Islands including a Portuguese wine vessel, a few small ships, and a
Dutch war ship. Condent named the war ship the Flying Dragon. Condent used the
Flying Dragon to sail along the Brazilian coast and capture more ships and
torturing his prisoner by cutting off their noses and ears.
By June or July of 1719, he had reached Madagascar
where he hired on some of John Haley’s old crew members. He then headed toward
the Indian Coast and the Red Sea. This time, he ordered all his crew not to
abuse crew or passengers as this might bring on more anger from the East India
After returning to the island of Saint Marie and
dividing up the booty form an Arab ship, he along with 40 members of his crew
sailed to the island of Reunion to negotiate a French pardon. Several of his
crew settled on the island while Condent instead married the governor’s
sister-in-law, traveled to France, and decided to live in Brittany. Here he
became a wealthy merchant and lived out his life.
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