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Les articles de la rubrique "History"
“Each minute that goes by only strengthens my determination to escape, despite all the possible dangers. We are too young and too full of determination to allow our future to be irremediably barred. Entertaining any hopes here is pure fantasy." G. Tomel, Les évadés de la Guyane, 1899. Breakout The first convoy...
Monday9 April2012
By Denis Lamaison

Seabird guano has long been used as an agricultural fertiliser, probably since pre-Columbian days. This fertiliser, containing all sorts of organic materials, among which animal bones, was very widely used until an English geologist discovered in the 1850s that it was also possible to use mineral phosphates. This discovery led to...
Monday9 April2012
By Texte de Pierre Rostan Bureau d’études géologiques IDM - Thethys

“I had the misfortune of not thinking like the powerful, of not adhering to their opinions, or their orders. This was the full extent of my crime." Pierre Vaux, Cayenne, 16th August 1858. In February 1848, revolution broke out once again in Paris; King Louis-Philippe abdicated and left France. The Second Republic...
Sunday8 April2012
By Denis Lamaison

On the site We went to meet Mariana Petry Cabral and João Darcy de Moura Saldanha on site. The two archaeologists from the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research in Amapá (IEPA) were busy excavating. Beneath the shelter of a large tent, they were unearthing a ditch where bits of pottery...
Sunday8 April2012
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"Crowned mountain is the name given by the Saramacas to these relics which are hard to explain". This phrase, written by in 1952, was Emile Abonnenc’s first observation about the enigmatic presence of three of these sites in French Guiana. The highly evocative term reveals the incomprehension of some of the...
Sunday8 April2012
By Mickaël Mestre

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Beyond the mangrove forests, vast savannahs which are flooded with the turning of the seasons, lies the Guiana coastline, stretching nearly 1600km from the mouth of the Amazon to the Orinoco delta. This low-lying and apparently uniform strip of coast reveals some of its particularities only from a few metres...
Sunday8 April2012
By Delphine Renard

A few kilometres upstream from the town of Saint-Georges-de-l’Oyapock , a series of events relating to the recent pre-Colombian history of the Guianas have been brought to light by excavations being carried out by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Institut national de recherches archéologiques preventives, INRAP), directed...
Sunday8 April2012
By Mickaël Mestre et Matthieu Hildebrand (Inrap)

"Few industries have prospered so rapidly as alluvial gold dredging; whilst twenty-odd years ago there were only a few rudimentary attempts, it is now a prosperous industry contributing each day to global gold production" A. Bordeaux, 1908. "Dredging is certainly one of the most serious and most interesting industrial experiments to have...
Sunday8 April2012
By Pierre Rostan, Bureau d’Études Géologiques TETHYS

“The world is our house", Jérôme Nadal, one of the first companions of the founder of the Company of Jesus, Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), is said to have declared. The Jesuit missionaries were faithful to this principle and accompanied European colonial expansion. By the first half of the sixteenth century...
Sunday25 March2012