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Ellis Island Vocab

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migrate
to move from one place to another
Ellis Island
An island off the coast of New York. Ninety percent of the immigrants came through these doors.
deported
When someone would be sent back to their homeland because of an illness or a crime.
famine
A shortage of food. In Ireland it affected potatoes.
catastrophe
devastating
epidemic
A disease that affects many people (flu).
steerage
The bottom of the ship where immigrants were kept.
manifest
A list that had all the names of the passengers on board.
Homestead Act
When the immigrants came to America they were given 160 acres of land to work on for government. After 5 years the land would become theirs.
immigrants
People who moved from one country to another in search of a better life.
detain
To hold for a while.