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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  • This Royal island is part of the islands of salvation with the Devil's Islands and saint Joseph. It is accessible by catamaran that you will lay in the morning around 9:30 and bring you back to Kourou the same day at 16:30. The visit of the island and the remains of the buildings of the prison is done in two hours. Alternatively, you can circumnavigate the island on foot in an hour. Then, you have to wait for long hours, the time of the return. On this island there is a hotel bar and restaurant that takes advantage of the system and offers prohibitive rates. A tourist destination to improve...
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  • Our cruise ship stopped at this island and I'm glad they did. I walked the entire island and loved it, the natural setting and the history. A French penal colony infamous for their brutal care of inma...  more »
  • I am not sure how to write a review for this. You can't call it an "attraction". It's a historical relic, which has been allowed to decay. Many of the buildings are in a poor state so you have to use ...  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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