The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island History has always been an important part of an individual and society’s life. Each has their own story to share and pass on from generation to generation. Like any other state, New York City is home to some most important events for the United States. They include tw of the greatest representations of opportunity and freedom for the United States: the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island respectively.THE STATUE OF LIBERTYThe Statue of Liberty is considered to be one of the most famous monuments in the world. She is 111 fee and six inches from head to heel, and weighs 225 tons. The French gave her to the Americans in 1885 as a sign of their international friendship, and is mostly made from copper (Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
). However, she turned out to be more than just a gift. Lady Liberty became a sign of hope and democracy for all the people of the United States.Each of the small details in the statue was of great importance. The crown consisted of 25 windows symbolizing the natural gems found underneath the earth, while the rays were the seven continents and seas of the world.
The tablet that Lady Liberty is holding is actually symbolizes the date of the friendship between the French and the Americans. The said tablet also reads July 4th, 1776 written in Roman numerals (The National Park Service, 28 June 2006). In addition to this, the feet of Lady Liberty also contain broken shackles which represent the tyranny and oppression people experienced (Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.). Since copper reacts with oxygen, the statue has since been colored green-blue due to a process known as patination. A tourist’s trip in New York City will never be complete without a visit to the famous and historical Statue of Liberty.
ELLIS ISLAND Ellis Island has been the home of immigrants for the United States since 1892. People who came through boats from the different parts of world had to pass through this immigration, where their ability to live in the United States was based. Similar to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island played an important role in the lives of many Americans, and people from all over the world as well. From 1892 to 1954, the immigration was able to process an estimated 12 million immigrants from all over the world. They arrived the port riding ships and boats, and also became their temporary home.
Tracing the ancestries of 40 percent of American population may be traced back to the Ellis Island. Quite a wonder to marvel at, isn’t it (National Park Service, US Department of Interior, 7 September 2008). Although Americans have been regarded to be a powerful country, most of their culture may be traced back from a variety of different cultures.
This means that before the United States was known to be a powerful country, they were once like any other country struggling to survive. A mixture of all cultures has made the country more diversified, and more open to possibilities. We are given the impression that all big things come from small and humble beginnings. Life is indeed short, and no matter where we are or where are our fate brings us we will always have a place in each part of the world.Works Cited“Fun Facts About the Statue of Liberty .” Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. 29 January 2009 <http://www.
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