Ever since the Dutch settled at Cape town, Robben Island was used as a place of exile, incarcerate and isolation. It first started off in 1939 as a training station in World War II. It then evolved into a hospital for those who suffered from leprosy, mental and chronicle diseases.
During the years of apartheid, the goals of those who worked there was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. They were known for their brutality.
Eventually, this island has come to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. -www.sa-venues.com
Many freedom advocates and political prisoners spent centuries on Robben Island. South Africa’s very own first democratic president, Nelson Mandela, was one of those who spent many years there. From 1997 to present day, Robbens Island is a museum which runs educational programs from local schools and tourists.