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Wall of Tears

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Before the eco-tourists and scientists colonised the Galapagos it was a penal colony from 1946 to 1958. One of the tasks set for the prisoners so they didn’t enjoy their idyllic surroundings quite so much was to build a wall from heavy blocks of lava. One hundred metres of arduous, seven metre high wall was built, for no real purpose and at the cost of many lives, which is why it was called the Wall of Tears. After the war conditions deteriorated to concentration camp standard and there was a prisoner uprising and one of the inmates stole a yacht belonging to an American millionaire, which drew international attention to conditions on the island and the camp was closed.

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