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A small island with a lot of history
Originally, we weren't going to visit Ellis Island, but thought; "Meh, what the heck", and visited anyway. It was the stop after Liberty Island, so we may as well have visited. In my opinion, it was worth it.
As always, not much time was spent on the island, but for what I did get to see, therewas some decent history to educate myself with within the museum.
Opened in 1892,
Ellis Island acted as an immigration station for over 60 years. My memory is a bit fuzzy, by the way. As far as I remember, this place was one of the busiest immigration stations in history. Millions of immigrants would pass through and contribute to the future of the United States of America, following their new lives as a loyal citizen of the prospering 'Uncle Sam'. Apparently, a sizable percentage of US citizens can trace their ancestor's steps back to Ellis Island. It's that fundamental in American history.
Imagine how busy it'd get in this main hall.
Immigration was approaching change, back then, so more Eastern/ Southern Europe immigrants were aiming to pass into the US via Ellis Island, as opposed to the typical Western European people wanting in. Among these new immigrants were many Jews escaping political and economic oppression (of some sort) from Eastern Europe. War, poverty and famine affected many immigrants' livelihoods, thus pushing them to move to the US for a better way of living. This 'new world' would essentialy lead to them persuing the American dream, living in the land of hope, with jobs and opportunities to provide for a better future, looking after loved ones and away from fear.
Near 1924, some acts came into place to limit the number of immigrants into the states, meaning Ellis Island acted as a detainment centre instead, while other immigrants were allocated elsewhere. I dunno, that's the extent of my memory. Go look it up on Wikipedia. It's interesting stuff.
Nowadays, this is the view you can see from the island. 100 years ago, there'd have obviously been less skyscrapers, but New York was always likely an impressive city from any angle. Especially from this dock I took this picture from.
Ellis Island offers one of the best areas to snap some cheeky pics of the city. It's easy to spend many hours here, just peacefully staring at the beauty of the city itself from miles away. Seagulls chirping, waves brushing the edge of the dock and distant noises from a lively city truly make for a tranquil visit to the island. Knowing there's vital history that happened on the island, just adds to the somewhat calm atmosphere, knowing the city is what it is now because of the immigrants who decided to become a part of the city. I sat on an island mostly responsible the the growth of the city I was observing peacefully. To visit was an honour.