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An island in the Atlantic Ocean off French Guiana. A French penal colony after the 1850s, it held many political prisoners, including Alfred Dreyfus (imprisoned 1895-1899).
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(Placename) one of the three Safety Islands, off the coast of French Guiana: formerly a leper colony, then a French penal colony from 1895 until 1938. Area: less than 2 sq km (1 sq mile). French name: Île du Diable
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a small island off the coast of French Guiana: former French penal colony.French, Île du Diable.
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