Liberty (island)

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August 11, 2022

Liberty Island is an uninhabited island in Upper New York Bay, a few kilometers from the southern tip of Manhattan Island and 600 meters from Liberty Park in New Jersey. The island is an exclave of the state of New York within the state of New Jersey. The area of ​​the island is 5.96 hectares.

History

The Indians called this island Minnissais (or Minnesais), the first settlers called it Great Oyster Island. In 1660, the island was acquired by Isaac Bedloe, and since then the island has been called Bedloe's Island. In 1758, he passed to the city authorities of New York, transferred to the jurisdiction of the federal government in 1796. In 1841, the island was fortified with the construction of Fort Wood in the shape of an eleven-pointed star. In 1886, the famous Statue of Liberty was erected on the massive walls of the fort, which was intended to serve as a greeting for immigrants arriving on Ellis Island, located 1600 meters away. In 1956, the island was renamed in honor of the statue (Liberty translated from English - "Freedom"). Liberty Island has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1966. Ferries to Liberty Island run from Battery Park City and Liberty State Park.

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