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  • n. A colonial territory used (mainly) for the detention and forced labor of deportees, typically where free labor is desperately scarce.

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  • n. a penal institution where prisoners are exiled (often located on an island from which escape is difficult or impossible)


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  • Gettys was a rough place to live, a settlement half military outpost and half penal colony on the easternmost boundary of the Kingdom of Gernia.

    Renegade's Magic

  • The frequently published statement in justification of Cromwell's persecution, that the victimes of this white slave-traffic were criminals, finds no corroboration in the existence of a single penal colony in this country.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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