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  1. 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...

  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. Nov 6, 2021 · Henri Charrière escaped from Devil's Island in 1942, published the bestselling "Papillon," and ultimately won his freedom in 1970. How this Paris gangster escaped the infamous prison on Devil's Island and became a celebrity for it.

  4. Feb 7, 2019 · High-profile prisoners incarcerated at Devils Island included Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French military officer who spent almost five years on the island. He was accused of spying for the Germans in 1894 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

  5. Apr 15, 2014 · It was finally closed in 1953 and most inmates were transferred to metropolitan France, although some asked—and were granted—the option of finishing out their time in remaining facilities on the Guiana mainland, subsequently settling down there. Sincerely, Jon Guttman. Research Director. World History Group. More Questions at Ask Mr. History.

  6. Jan 11, 2012 · Besides political prisoners, Devils Island became home to hardened criminals, and fostered a community of 80,000 murderers, thieves and other hardened criminals at its peak.

  7. Close. Opened in 1852, the Devil's Island system received convicts from the Prison of St-Laurent-du-Maroni, who had been deported from all parts of the Second French Empire. It was notorious both for the staff's harsh treatment of detainees and the tropical climate and diseases that contributed to high mortality.

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