A view of the Angel
Island Barracks from the dock
Island is an island located on San Francisco Bay in California. With
640 total acres of trees and hills, it is the biggest island in the
bay. It was originally founded and named in 1775, by the Spanish explorer
Don Juan Manuel Ayala. Angel Island was then established as a cattle
farm, until 1848 when the United States gained rights over this land.
From 1850 on, Angel Island became a United States military reserve.
Angel Island Army Post
In 1905, the island
was created into the Angel Island Immigration Station, originally set
up to be the "Ellis Island of the West". It was where a great
mass of Europeans were expected to enter the US from the newly created
access through the Panama Canal. However, the eruption of World War
I stopped the rush
of Europeans from coming, and instead, the majority of the immigrants
coming through Angel Island were from Asia. The journey
to America was only the beginning of a long and exhausting process.
After they landed and began their wait at Angel Island, they found the
living conditions were unbearable. The
interview process asked irrelevant questions
meant to embarrass and outwit the immigrant. To go into depth and find
out more, please click on the links provided.
Journey | The
Interview Process | The Conditions