Devil's Island, Cayenne

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The penal colony of Cayenne, commonly known as Devil's Island, was a famous prison of the 19th and 20th century. It operated at several locations in French Guiana. Opened in 1852, it was notorious for being used for internal exile of French political prisoners during that period, the most famous of whom was Captain Alfred Dreyfus. It is also known for its harsh treatment of criminals, who were deported there from all parts of the French empire. The system was closed down in 1953.OrganizationThe prison system stretched over several locations, on the mainland and in the off-shore Îles du Salut group. Île Royale was the reception centre for the general population of the penal colony; they were housed in moderate freedom due to the difficulty of escape from the island. Île Saint-Joseph was the Reclusion, where inmates were sent to be punished by solitary confinement in silence and darkness for escapes or offences committed in the penal colony. Île du Diable was for political prisoners. In the 19th century, the most famous such prisoner was Captain Alfred Dreyfus. In addition to the prisons on each of the three islands in the Salut island group, the French constructed three related prison facilities on the South American mainland, just across the straits at Kourou; 30 miles east in Cayenne, which later became the capital of French Guiana; and a hundred miles west at St. Laurent.
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  • Long sea path to get there... Discovery, surrounded by luxuriant nature and the curious monkeys, ruins of the galleys of the time... Opportunity to quench their thirst at the only bar-restaurant of the island. Great experience...
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  • Reviews on Trip Advisor confuse Devil's Island with the Iles du Salut (Salvation Islands Group of Islands). Most of the reviews abut Devil's Island are really about Royal Island which doesn't have its...  more »
  • The Salvation Islands are a beautiful and essential site. However, choose the claimant to go is essential. We went by the albatross, and frankly I'd advise strongly. The skeeper is unfriendly and not professional at all. They give orders by, prohibitions there and don't miss the opportunity to make unpleasant comments. Refuses to open the toilet to customers under the pretext that people are going to get dirty. Does not help the people on the boat by saying frankly what do skeeper. Tells about her life on the fact that his boat costs dear and to pay attention to everything. feeling grumpy and stressed. My son was throwing up on his boat, which he deplus and did know. At the traditional service of the punch. Captain Hadook told us before serving, he'll only have a single service. In this context it will punch or water. No coffee, tea or juice for the children. I said boat. He COP people about cleanliness but don't get the not applicable to him even. Waste, ambient brothels are in order. Fish hooks, the dishes dirty and other disgusting stuff are scattered in the cabin. Even a battery hangs out under the table. Imagine you or your children walk on the causes... Finally this gentleman, unlike its competitors, does not the turn of Devil's Island, explaining its history. He does his work by you transferring and basta. On the other hand, well they cash your money at the end. In conclusion. Not professional, not sociable, unsuitable boat. The priority wants the benefits of working with clients without assuming the disadvantages. If in contrast to us, remains the place on other boats, then run that here. Otherwise the Salvation Islands are beautiful N.B: amount spent by Tropic Alise. Very good and very professional.
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