an island in upper New York Bay: a former U.S. immigrant examination station.
Why is Easter Island Named “Easter”?The instantly recognizable statues on Easter Island (887 of them), called moai, have perplexed and fascinated explorers, experts and average folks since the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen came across it in 1722. And Mr. Roggeveen is the reason it’s called Easter Island. He and his crew dropped anchor on Easter Sunday. The current inhabitants of Isla de Pascua (Spanish for “Easter Island”) call it Rapa Nui, a …
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Culture definitions for ellis island (1 of 2)
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.
Culture definitions for ellis island (2 of 2)
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.
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