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In the mid-17th century the French had established a firm colony in Guyana, and had displaced most of the original Carib and Arawak Indian inhabitants. By 1817, the French had consolidated their position with the SR and FK as controlers of the region, and began to export sugar and rainforest timber as economic mainstays. Though this lasted for a time, with the abolition of slavery the economy collapsed and the colony wasted.

It was near this time that a penal colony was established in Guyana to attempt to reduce the costs of prisons in France, and also to build up the failing colony. A grand total of some 70,000 prisoners - including Alfred Dreyfus and Henri 'Papillon' Charrière - were shipped there in the period of 1852 - 1939. Those who managed to survive in the jungle climate were then forced to remain as exiles for an equal period of time, although malaria made the population growth negligible, with 90% of the prisoners dying.

Guyana remained a penal colony until after GWII, becoming a French department in 1946.

Borders

North and East: Atlantic Ocean.
West: Batavian Guyana.
South: Equador.


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