Devil's Island - Things to Know Before Visiting
Devil's Island, French Guiana
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About Devil's Island
Devil's Island is the third-largest island of the Salvation's Islands, an island group in the Atlantic Ocean. Devil's Island was notorious for being used for the internal exile of French political prisoners, with the most famous being Captain Alfred Dreyfus. The islands are mostly overgrown jungle which is slowly covering the remnants of an infamous French penal colony — where over 60,000 men were incarcerated and less than 2,000 survived.
Attractions Near Devil's Island
The Salvation Islands are a group of small islands of volcanic origin about 11 kilometers off the coast of French Guiana. It is, so-called because the missionaries went there to escape the plague on the mainland. One of the nice locations which is now a tourist attraction is famous for its history and also the natural beauty. You can spend some good times here by enjoying this beautiful island.
The Montagne des Singes is an animal park located in the town of Kintzheim in Alsace. In this space of 24 hectares which opened in 1969, one can observe more than 240 magots. The site is open from late March to mid-November. The visit lasts about an hour. It has free parking, a picnic area, restaurant service, and a playground. This place also housed a center for studies on the social behavior of magots.
Guiana Botanical Garden is a pleasant open space that was with a huge range of tropical plants, trees, and flowers in it. It was founded in the late 19th century, during the time of British Guiana, on an abandoned sugar estate. It includes the Seven Ponds, which is the burial site of many famous personalities.
The Guiana Space Center is a facility used by the European Space Agency and the French government to launch satellites into space. The center is located near Kourou in French Guiana. This was the spaceport used by the ESA to send supplies to the International Space Station using the Automated Transfer Vehicle. One of the famous locations in this area and is famous around the world.
The Guyana Zoo is a zoo French located in Guyana. It is the only one present in this region and overseas department. Located in the two municipalities of Macouria and Montsinéry, it is home to more than 75 Guyanese species, most of which are protected, representing more than 450 individuals. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Guyana which was opened in 1983.
Fort Cépérou is a historic fort that is located on a hill overlooking the Cayenne River and the capital city of Cayenne. Most of the site is now a restricted military zone, but you can still wander around the ruins for good views of Cayenne and the river. The fort was first named Fort Cépérou, then Fort Saint Michel and then Fort Saint Louis before returning to its original name. It was one of the main attractions in this area and also a main historical site.
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French Guiana is a department of France in the Amazonia region of South America, is governed as an overseas province of France. French Guiana is bounded by Brazil to the south and east, Suriname to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast.