If you are a visitor to the city of New York, you need to visit Ellis Island. This is where most of immigrants from many parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and other countries, came from. Ellis Island is located in New York Harbor. It is actually half a mile north of Liberty Island. According to records, over 12 million people passed through and were processed.
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The island itself got its name from Samuel Ellis, a merchant and farmer, who owned it during the late 1700's. In 1808, the US bought it and started using it as an immigration station in 1892 till 1924 when the island was no longer useful. The station stayed open from 1924 till 1954, where it was closed completely. In 1965, the island became a national historic site.
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