What happened at Ellis Island with the immigrants? Despite the island’s reputation as an “Island of Tears” the vast majority of immigrants were treated courteously and respectfully, free to begin their new lives in America after only a few short hours on Ellis Island. Only two percent of the arriving immigrants were excluded from entry.
Where did most immigrants from Ellis Island come from? Most of the immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island were from eastern and southern Europe.
What race of immigrants came to Ellis Island? While the majority of men and women who immigrated through Ellis Island came from Italy and Eastern Europe, the arrival of nearly 40,000 black people from the Caribbean at the turn of the century transformed black New York.
What was Ellis Island originally used for before immigration? It was used for pirate hangings in the early 1800s.
It reverted to the name “Ellis Island” in the years after the last hanging in 1839, and later served as a Navy munitions depot before being repurposed as a federal immigration station.