A view of Ellis Island.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: after S. Ellis, a former owner
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Ellis Island - Cultural Definition
Island in the harbor of New York City, southwest of Manhattan.
- From 1892 to 1954, it served as the prime immigration station of the country. Some twelve million immigrants passed through it during this time.
- Part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
An island in the harbor of New York City. The chief immigration station of the United States was on Ellis Island from 1892 to 1943, a time when millions of people, especially from Europe, came to the United States.
- Ellis Island lies near the Statue of Liberty, which made an impressive sight for people approaching the United States for the first time.
- 1990 marked the opening of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.