Louise Michel had to stand trial on 16 December 1871 due to her activities in the Paris Commune. The revolutionary schoolteacher and writer had been seen bearing arms and had served as an ambulant nurse. Michel (1830-1905) and many other communards were sentenced to deportation to the new world. Forcibly, for eight years she stayed in New Caledonia but she enjoyed it and gave lessons to the aboriginal population. Also, she became an anarchist there. Back in France many periods of detention due to anarchist activities awaited her.