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Alcatraz Island has quite a distinct history Many people know that Alcatraz served as afederal prison but most are reluctant to know that this island served as fort Built beforethe Civil War it served two main purposes First that it was to guard the San Franciscobay area from enemy ships against a foreign invasion and second to hold hostageprisoners of war or POWs as they were called In this report Ill show you how thisfortress came to be a federal prison why it is no longer in operation today and mostimportantly to show why it was built in the first place When the great Gold Rush of1849 first started California grew from what would be considered a small unpopulatedstate into what it is now California is now one of the most populated states and it wasmostly the gold rush that brought attention to California As the government saw all ofthis happening they realized that California was much more important than they everrealized In their realization they decided that California must be protected SanFrancisco has one of the largest bays in all of California and so this was where enemycountries would most likely to try to invade the country So this is where Alcatraz was tolie to serve as a military fort It was supposed to serve as a secondary base incompanionship to another base located on the other side of Golden Gate Bridge Butwith severe problems trying to build this other base Alcatraz was to remain alone Outin the middle of the San Francisco Bay the island of Alcatraz is definitely a world untoitself Isolation is just one of the many constants of island life for any inhabitant onAlcatraz Island It is the most reoccurring theme in the unfolding history of AlcatrazIsland Alcatraz Island is one of Golden Gate National Recreation Areas most populardestinations offering a close-up look at a historic and infamous federal prison longoff-limits to the public Visitors to the island can not
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