Iles de Salut
Journeys of Aardvarc
Mon 16 Mar 2009 01:10
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Our next port of call was Iles de Salut, 6 miles off the coast of French Guyana.
We are not sure why they are so names ( islands of health) as they formed a French penal colony from the mid nineteenth century.
Up to 1000 prisoners were kept her, some in solitary confinement, some in 'lunatic asylums' ( prisoner '5039' looks like he belonged there!)
We were amazed by the flourishing wildlife including Capuchin monkeys, Agouti ( large tailless rodents), Parrots, Caiman, Giant lizards etc
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