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16 Castle Clinton

Castle Clinton

Castle Clinton
Behind me here we can see the circular structure of Castle Clinton. It wasn't always as easy to get to because originally the shoreline of Manhattan Island was much further over that way. It was more less where the edge of the park is and where State Street runs and where we can see the line of the buildings, while Castle Clinton here was built on its own little island out in the water and connected to Manhattan Island with a little wooden bridge. By 1855 they'd extended the shoreline of Manhattan Island reclaiming all this land here out into the water, and Castle Clinton and its little island were absorbed into Manhattan Island. Castle Clinton here was constructed in anticipation of the War of 1812. In the end, it didn't see much service and after just 10 years it was converted into a public space where there was a little beer garden and a concert venue. And then from 1855 to 1890, it became the first immigration center of the United States of America. So anyone arriving to the country in those days would've passed through this castle or these gardens here. With the soaring immigration numbers, hundreds of thousands of people arriving, it got too much for the small little space and they moved it over to Ellis Island, which we can see in the harbor there today.
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