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  1. Devils Island, rocky islet off the Atlantic coast of French Guiana. The smallest of the three Îles du Salut, about 10 miles (16 km) from the mainland and the Kourou River mouth, it is a narrow strip of land about 3,900 feet (1,200 metres) long and 1,320 feet (400 metres) broad, mostly covered by.

  2. Jul 22, 2021 · In the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, you could get a one-way ticket to a tropical island that was widely believed to be the closest you could get to hell on Earth, complete with torture, disease, hunger, and large, angry prisoners. Devil's Island was a French prison system located off the coast of French Guiana in South America.

  3. Jun 6, 2019 · Devil's Island, the smallest of the three islands, is where the most dangerous prisoners lived. Access to visitors is strictly forbidden on the now uninhabited territory. The currents are so strong that no ships are allowed to dock here; it is unsafe for visitors.

  4. Aug 11, 2015 · One of the most well-known inmates was Alfred Dreyfus, the Jewish-French officer wrongly accused of treason, who spent four years incarcerated at a notorious prison there called Devils Island.

  5. Jun 26, 2019 · Devil's Island is one of three Salvation Islands used by the French as penal colonies from the mid-1800s until after World War II. Tourists are not allowed on Devil's Island but instead can tour the old prison facilities on Isle Royale, which is just a short distance away.

  6. Jan 11, 2012 · Discover Devil's Island in French Guiana: An abandoned colonial French prison notorious for its hellish conditions.

  7. Apr 15, 2014 · Albert, Established in 1852, the Île du Diable was one of six penal colonies in French Guiana (two of which were nearby islands), but it was the most notorious due to its being primarily stocked with political prisoners or the most hardened criminals under the most harsh conditions.

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