The United States of America has often been called “a nation of immigrants.” Millions of people throughout history have chosen to leave their place of birth, and make America their new home. They have come from every corner of the world. The first major immigration center opened in 1892 on the east coast, in New York Harbor. It was called Ellis Island and over 100 million Americans today had relatives who passed through its doors. Most of them came from the continent of Europe. It closed in 1954 and became a national monument in 1965.
Yet, did you know that Angel Island in California was considered by many to be the Ellis Island of the west?
Use our Angel Island: The Ellis Island of the West Informational ELA Test Prep Passage to engage students and find out more about this historical landing spot for many into the United States.