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Immigrants and How They Came to America

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Some of the people who would immigrate to America and still do are:
Italians
Africans
Russians
Greeks
Slavs
Europeans
Armenians
Cubans
Irish
British
 

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People from different countries traveled by different modes of transportation. They also entered the country at different places and different ways. Like the African Americans came over on ships where they were wedged into holds so tightly they could barely move at all. Vessels of one to two hundred tons often carried four to five hundred African Americans, as well as the crew and the provisions. They were cooped up weeks, lived in meager ration, and were deprived of fresh air. This caused many deaths among the unhappy captives.

Most immigrants arrived through the port of New York by ship. The ships would leave the passengers at wharves, to fend for themselves. Some of the new problems that they faced were posed by con-men, thieves, and thugs. After 1855, they began to use the Castle Garden immigrant receiving center. Later moved to Ellis Island, it was located at the southern tip of Manhattan.

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