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DEVILS ISLAND, FRENCH GUIANA

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Napoleon's infamous penal colonies are an ironic port of call on this joyful Palm Sunday.

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The three small islands are together referred to as Devil's Island. We walked around on Ile Royale, used for less dangerous prisoners (see photos below) and for housing the warden, etc.

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There is now a small hotel on the island as well as some local residents.

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That is Devils Island (through the trees) where political prisoners such as Alfred Dreyfus were held in isolation.

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In 1953 the prison was closed. Conditions were so harsh here, despite the idyllic setting, that many of the 80,000 prisoners were never seen again

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We were glad to be returning to our safe and secure "island home" on the Serenity.

Posted by Swenigale 13:36 Archived in French Guiana

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