The Sunday Post (Inverness)

Prisoners’ only escape was through shark-infested waters


Devil’s Island is located in the Salvation’s Islands of French Guiana and opened as a penal colony in 1852, where it quickly gained a reputation for its brutality. After being transporte­d on cramped barges containing more than 5,000 men, the inmates found little respite at their destinatio­n.

Prisoners were forbidden to talk to guards or each other, smoke, read or even sit during the day. Wardens patrolled quietly – in slippers – to catch anyone breaking the strict rules for which the punishment would be a brutal beating.

The only escape was through shark-infested waters.

 ??  ?? The remote Devil’s Island
The remote Devil’s Island
 ??  ?? Charlie Hunnam
Charlie Hunnam

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