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Kourou, located on the mainland where the Kourou River flows into the Atlantic, was once the home of the "Kourou Prison," part of the infamous Devil's Island prison system. After the prison closed in the mid-1900s, most of the buildings were...

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Home to one of the world's most notorious prisons, Devil's Island is part of the Îles du Salut chain, which translates—ironically—as the Islands of Salvation. The name's origin is because the islands were a refuge for...

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Following the closing of the Devil's Island prisons, many of the facilities were demolished or fell into disrepair. In recent years, however, an increase in tourism has spurred restoration of the buildings and landscape to the point where the...

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Coconut palms, the most prevalent plant found on the Îles du Salut, hold a special place in the island chain's history: The trees, which cover much of the islands' surface, provided the means of escape for one...

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Located near Kourou in French Guiana, the Guiana Space Centre is a French and European spaceport that has been operating since 1968. The location was chosen for the unique geographical requirements for a spaceport. First, its location near...