French Guiana encompasses and area of 35,900 sq. mi. (93,000 sq. km), and is found north of Brazil. The area furthest inland is a region of flat plateaus which becomes rolling hills in the central region of the country, while the eastern coastal area is a broad plain consisting mostly of poorly drained marshland. Most of the country is covered with dense tropical rain forest, and the coast is lined with mangrove swamps. French Guiana possesses a few island territories as well, and the most famous of these, Devil's Island, the former site of a French penal colony.
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