Alcatraz Island Essay

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Alcatraz Island has a rather distinct past. Even though Alcatraz sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay, the island seems distant, as if it were miles out of sea. The appeal to Alcatraz is uninviting, since it had played an important role in the history of California. Imagine being imprisoned in one of the world’s most disreputable prisons. However, not only is the island well known as the prison, but it was much more than a prison going back in time. Alcatraz was a prison for the worst criminals in history. Some include Al Capone, George Celino Barnes, and etc.
Spanish explorer Juan Miguel De Ayala had discovered Alcatraz Island in 1775. He was the first person to sail into what is now as San Francisco Bay. According to the Federal Bureau
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In 1907 Alcatraz was selected as the “Pacific Branch, U.S. Military Prison”. There were projects going on during the World War 1. In instance there was a cell house that was created and within the cell house in a total of 600 cells, which each had a toilet and some electricity. “The island was re-named “Pacific Branch U.S. Disciplinary Barracks” and a new emphasis was put on education and rehabilitation (Legends of America)”. There was about 80 to 90 men at the prison who tried to escape. However, they were captured, some drowned, and the other prisoners are unknown about what exactly happened to them. Around 1933, the “army decided that the island was too expensive to operate (Legends of America)”. Since the location was part of the problem that the island was expensive is because they had to import water, food, supplies, and etc. Therefore, by 1933 the U.S. Army occupation …show more content…
But then there was a fire that destroyed most of Alcatraz’s buildings. The majority of the Indians left Alcatraz or were forced out and only a few remained. On June 11, 1971, federal marshals went to the island to remove the remaining Indians only 15 remained. However, they were soon force to leave the island in defeat. Nevertheless, it was not the last thing that Alcatraz is known about.
The last thing that Alcatraz if now know for is the amount of visitors around the world that go visit the site and tour themselves around the island and see what there is. “Congress created the National Recreation Area, which Alcatraz Island was included into as part of the new National Park Service in October 12, 1972 (Federal Bureau of Prisons)”. In fall of 1973 the island was opened to the community. Since then it has remained one of the furthermost popular park services sites. There has been more than one million visitors from around the world that visit the island each

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