San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island has some interesting history even before it became a prison. Native peoples, Spanish explorers were the first people on this 22 acre rock. It became a military fortress during the Civil War. In 1907 it became a military prison. From 1934 to 1963 it served as a penitentiary. American Indians seized the island in 1969 as a political protest.

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