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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  • Went out by catamaran, walked around the island and through the buildings, great views, good lunch, but it was very hot.  more »
  • This place is fascinating from a historical standpoint but it’s also a fun trip. It’s really a group of three islands: Royal Island, Devil’s Island and St. Joseph’s Island. The trip starts with a fun ...  more »
  • Beautiful island with lush tropical greenery. Derelict penal buildings. Very hot, especially in the penal cells but a nice breeze in the path around the island.The shop was fairly useless, with only F...  more »
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  • I really love the story of Papilon...That's why I wanted to visit this island once in a life
  • Was locked up by the French colonial government here for nearly a score of years 1852 - 1859 after suffering the association of disreputable colleagues and being left to assume their debts. The parrots were friendly.
  • French Guiana is the largest of the Islands, which are located from Devil's Island, used as a prison during the reign of Napoleon in 1852 in addition. The most infamous prison colony known as Devil's Island, a place with the mistreatment of detainees have become famous. In General, prisoners of the political prisoners on the island, attempts to escape Piranhas and wild was to deal with the forest.
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  • It's a beautiful place that I visit Council! With an amazing story! But attention to the thief marmoset of meal :D
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Appealing to a rather exclusive set of travelers, chain hotels and resorts in the west of town offer a great range of luxury services, modern facilities, and rooms overlooking the river. Step back from the water to find humbler lodgings at basic hotels, guesthouses, and rental properties catering to budget-conscious travelers.
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