Christopher Condent, also known as Billy One-Hand, was a pirate captain and one of the original founders of Libertalia.
During a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, Condent killed an Indian crew member who threatened to ignite the ship's powder magazine. Shortly after, the crew captured a merchant ship, the Duke of York. After a dispute, the crew split up between the two ships, with Condent elected captain of the newly acquired vessel.
The crew then sailed to Brazil, where they captured a few Portuguese ships. During this time, Condent gained a reputation for cutting the ears and noses off of his prisoners.
A Thief's End
After establishing Libertalia alongside Henry Avery and ten other pirate captains, tensions grew and eventually a civil war broke out. Edward England, out of retaliation for his home being ransacked and burnt on Condent's orders, killed Condent's brother. Condent called for a truce via a letter to Adam Baldridge, which went unanswered. Like the other captains, Condent was poisoned and killed by Avery and Tew.
- Piat, Denis. Pirates & Privateers of Mauritius, Editions Didier Millet, 2014, ISBN 9789814385664