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You might wonder why someone would go through all the trouble to write an essay on immigration besides the fact this is an assignment in history Much of what we say eat and even do is connected to something that an immigrant brought to this country years ago Many of the dishes that we as Americans enjoy such as pastas burritos or even some types of sausages were brought here by Italians Mexicans and Germans Also much of our everyday language comes from other languages This is why immigration is so interesting to me My main interest in immigration takes place at a place called Ellis Island Ellis Island is a small island in Upper New York Bay although in New Jersey waters It is under the political jurisdiction of New York From 1892 to 1954 Ellis Island was the Headquarters of an immigration and naturalization district of the United States The early Dutch colonists called the island Oyster Island originally it was later known as Gibbet Island after a private was hanged there in 1765 Samuel Ellis bought the island in the 18th century and gave it his name From Ellis Island it passed to New York State it was bought from the state by the federal government in 1808 In 1892 when Castle Garden the immigration station at the Battery in lower Manhattan could no longer handle the flow of immigrants the reception headquarters was transferred to Ellis Island At Ellis Island immigrants were examined and either admitted or deported At the height of its activity from 1900 to 1914 Ellis Island station could process 1 million people a year Around 1890to 1920 mostly Europeans arrived in Ellis Island Whereas at Angel Island in San Francisco Asians were arriving on boats The ever-growing numbers taxed the faculty with long lines and overcrowding Ships dropped anchors outside the Narrows where Quarantine officers would come aboard to check for signs of epidemic diseases If
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