Essay about The Life Of Alcatraz Island

1328 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
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 of Prisons, his voyage mapped out the bay and three islands and named one of them Alcatraces. As time continued the name Alcatraces changed to Alcatraz. There was a presidential order that was placed aside the island of Alcatraz for it to become a United States military reservation. During this time the US government thought Alcatraz was a perfect location for a military fort.
A Texas A&M University research team had gone to Alcatraz for research, According to Quinn the researchers had used a ground-penetrating radar. The radar that they had used revealed some remains of an old military fortress. Which was long believed to have been entirely demolished. The San Francisco Bay Island was once the home-base of a Fortress at Alcatraz. It was…

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