It is said that its “one of the most feared places on earth.” In 19th-20th centuries, Devil’s Island was the final judgment site for tens of thousands of criminals. Its also known as the penal colony of Cayenne and located in French Guiana, the notorious prison was used for exile of French political prisoners as well as hardened criminals. The colony was rife with disease, and if any prisoners managed to escape, they didn’t get far in the shark-infested waters. The vast majority of them was suffering extremely harsh conditions. The prison was shut down after a century in 1953.