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date: 28 May 2020

Ellis Island Immigration Station 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History
Vincent J. CannatoVincent J. Cannato

For much of its history, the original 2.5 acres of sandy outcropping in New York Harbor that evolved into Ellis Island was known by different names. Colonial New Yorkers called it Little Oyster Island. Ownership of the island fell into the hands of a local businessman named Samuel Ellis sometime in the late 1700s; eventually his name became permanently attached to the island. Yet in the early ... ...

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