Cartes postales du bagne

The vestiges of the distillery

Saint Maurice

A good friend of mine from Saint Laurent du Maroni visited the site at Saint Maurice in Summer 2017. This is the former site of a distillery (initially a sugar refinery before producing tafia and then rum) set up by the Administration Pénitentiaire in Saint Laurent du Maroni. These are the images she took and kindly sent to me. They demonstrate the scope of the site including the remains of the former caserne des surveillants which was discovered relatively intact. Given the proximity of the site to a residential area on the outskirts of Saint Laurent du Maroni, it is surprising (at least to me) that the site remained abandoned and unacknowledged for so long. Since these images were taken and the archaeological work completed, the site has been rendered inaccessible (and as I have heard potentially dangerous) by the planned construction work for the future shopping centre. SF

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Saint Maurice. Remains of former caserne des surveillants. Photo courtesy of Manon Plasschaert
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Foundations from the former distillery site at Saint Maurice. Photo courtesy of Manon Plasschaert
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Objects discovered during archaeological work at Saint Maurice. Photo courtesy of Manon Plasschaert
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A close-up of the vestiges of the former guards quarters at Saint Maurice. Photo courtesy of Manon Plasschaert

For further information on Saint Maurice (in French) see:

Details of the archaeological work carried out by Inrap:
https://www.inrap.fr/route-des-chutes-voltaire-11826

Article in Une Saison en Guyane on the discovery of the site by Arnauld Heuret in 2016:
http://www.une-saison-en-guyane.com/article/histoire/la-distillerie-des-bagnards-en-sursis/

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