Robben Island – From Political Prison to Tourist Attraction

Judi-at-the-Robben-Island-sign-at-the-harbour.jpgRobben Island is a small flat island about 2 miles in length and about 1 mile wide that lies almost 5 miles off the mainland. Translated into English it means Sea Island. The island’s use as a prison was started by the Dutch in the 17th century, but it is best known as the home of Nelson Mandela for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, as a political prisoner. The prison is no longer in use, but the island still has a small population of people who work as tour guides for the many daily visitors.

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