Devil's Island, Cayenne

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The penal colony of Cayenne (French: Bagne de Cayenne), commonly known as Devil's Island (Île du Diable), was a French penal colony that operated in the 19th and 20th century in the Salvation's Islands of French Guiana. Opened in 1852, the Devil's Island system received convicts from the Prison of St-Laurent-du-Maroni. All had been deported from all parts of the Second French Empire, and was infamous for its harsh treatment of detainees, with a death rate of 75% at their worst, until it was closed down in 1953. Devil's Island was notorious for being used for the internal exile of French political prisoners, with the most famous being Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
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  • Tiny little island with unique history. Access to the island by boat, good steep walk to get the top where the main attractions. Walkway/stairs very uneven.. Most of the main buildings are still...  more »
  • It is so unbelievable what we ‘humans’ can do to each other in the name of church, country, or justice. It must have been hell locked away in the cells. Amazing place to visit  more »
  • We only saw the island from the ship
  • I saw the devil now I see him every where I also get the urge to kill a goat now

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