Grief Tourism

Travel to areas affected by natural disasters, places where people were murdered, etc.

Archive for the 'Prison Tourism' Category

The Transition of Angola From Plantation Slavery to Prison Confinement

14th August 2012

We hear and read about the misery and grief within maximum security prisons in other countries and often find it hard to believe that such torture, abuse, and inhumane living conditions really do exist. Yet, we don’t have to look too far or explore the rest of the world to realize that the U.S. has […]

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Islands of Salvation: Diable, Royale, and St. Joseph

15th October 2009

Three islands, Diable, Royale, and St. Joseph, are collectively known as the Iles du Salut, an obvious misnomer for islands that offered no salvation or rehabilitation for prisoners. Located about 6 miles off the northern coast of French Guiana in the Caribbean Sea, all three once housed infamous prison settlements. Established in 1852 by Emperor […]

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Alcatraz – The Darkness Within

10th July 2006

Alacatraz prison, officially closed in 1963, sits on an island of 22 acres, surrounded by freezing waters and rapid currents.  Juan Manuel de Ayala, who gave it the name of La Isla de las Alcatreces, “the Island of the Pelicans,” discovered the island in 1775.  In 1850, Alcatraz, better known as “the Rock,” was established […]

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