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January 21, 1910: The immigration station Angel Island opens in California’s San Francisco Bay, serving as the country’s major port of entry for Asian immigrants, with some 100,000 Chinese and 70,000 Japanese being processed through the station over the next 30 years. Known as the “Ellis Island of the West” and located 6 miles off San Francisco’s coast, the island was a military reserve during the Civil War. Immigrants without proper documentation were quarantined there for days to years in a “prison-like environment,” according to the National Parks Service. Closed in 1940, it’s now a California state park.
 

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Here is the first Japanese settlement in America...


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The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is believed to be the first permanent Japanese settlement in North America and the only settlement by samurai outside of Japan. The group was made up of 22 samurai and one woman during the Boshin Civil War (1868–69) in Japan preceding the Meiji Restoration. The group purchased land from Charles Graner family in the Gold Hill region after coming to San Francisco in 1869. Though the group was able to successfully show their produce during the 1869 California State Agricultural Fair in Sacramento and the 1870 Horticultural Fair in San Francisco, the farm as a Japanese colony only existed between 1869 and 1871.
 

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More Japanese the one woman is buried on Gold Hill...


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“In 1869, one year after the first group of immigrants were sent to Hawai‘i and Guam as plantation labor, 22 Japanese immigrants from Aizu Wakamatsu, including the young 17-year-old woman named Okei-san, said to be the first Issei woman buried in California, traveled from Yokohama to San Francisco and finally ended up here in Gold Hill,” Sasaki said. The colony, however, failed after about two years due to a devastating drought and financial troubles".
 
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