Detail of an Empire: Andaman Islands

The remote Andaman Islands are considered to be a suitable place to punish Indian political revolt against the British Empire. They are isolated from the mainland; used in chain gangs to construct prisons, buildings and harbour facilities.

Although the prison complex itself is constructed between 1896 and 1906, the Empire uses the Andaman Islands on the aftermath of the first war of Indian independence. After the rebellion is crushed, the Empire sends thousands to the gallows, hangs them or ties them to cannons. Those who survive are exiled for life to the Andamans.

Solitary confinement is implemented. The British Empire ensures that political prisoners and revolutionaries are isolated.

They do not succeed. In the end, Empires never succeed.


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