Ellis Island: Gateway to a New Life

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I love theater and restaurants, but more than that, I love history. New York’s history may not be as deeply rooted as that of Europe, but the building of a country in the New World has a historical significance of its own. Ellis Island, which is partly in New York and partly in New Jersey, played an important role in nation building. It was the busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954. Millions of immigrants from many different countries, mostly European, passed through the doors of the Immigration House. Imagine how many destinies were resolved here, how many people started a new life, sometimes successful, sometimes not, but most times better than what they left behind.

During the War of Independence, Samuel Ellis, a merchant from New York and owner of Ellis Island, opened a tavern on the island and provided products for local fishermen. The first immigration law, The Naturalization Act of 1790, said that any white man who has lived for two years in the United States becomes a citizen. In 1808, Ellis Island was sold to the state of New York, but retained its name. In the same year, the island was sold to the Federal Government for $ 10,000.

The first immigrant passed through the center on Ellis Island was Annie Moore, a 15-year-old Irish girl who received official congratulations and $ 1,000 ($10 gold coin).

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Temple Square: a Bit of Heaven on Earth

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Our destination today is Salt Lake City, Utah, and the main goal is the largest Mormon temple in the world. If you ask the locals what their main attraction is, most of them will recommend Temple Square. The massive and beautiful temple is located in downtown.

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Salt Lake City is an unlikely vacation spot for Europeans since most of them prefer going to popular beach destinations during the holiday season. Do you know that two million Brits, for example, are set to escape the cold weather this winter? This figure was reported by the blogger Ree Saunders, who also revealed that 3% of that number is planning to go abroad this Christmas. If you want to avoid the crowd and enjoy a meaningful holiday, then Salt Lake City is the place to be.

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Denver: Second Capital of the USA

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Denver, Colorado, is not the most famous city of the United States, but if destiny brought you here you would find a couple of unusual and interesting things. Would it be ancient castles, medieval ruins, or mystical temples? No. It would be, first of all, mountains and crystal clear air. Any place near the mountains can’t be ordinary. What could be better than the mountains? Only more mountains.

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Here, near Denver, you will find the biggest mountain system in North America. Maybe that is one of the reasons why Denver will be the capital of the USA in an emergency. People say everything is “at the ready” here for the work of the government: nuclear buttons, kilometers of cables, underground bunkers, satellite antennas, etc. Look at Denver’s airport. It is very modern, and much better than Chicago, for example. This is the center of America. The best place for the capital in case of a war is one that is hard to find. You would not see all these underground constructions because it is a big secret.

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