Secrets of the Statue of Liberty
Date: 2019-10-03 12:15:01
Surprisingly true facts about the Statue of Liberty! From it’s mysterious and often mistaken origin to the damage it’s endured over the centuries.
#10 Assembly Required
The Statue of Liberty first arrived from France to New York Harbor via steamship in 1885. Considering the jaw-dropping, sheer size of the statue, it wasn’t exactly fit to travel by ship, and so it arrived split and divided up into a collection of crates. As the parts of the great statue arrived, Americans gathered in droves at the port with 200 thousand people in attendance to welcome the great new beacon of freedom. But it wasn’t until 1886, after Lady Liberty was fully constructed, that President Grover Cleveland presided over a massive dedication ceremony over land and sea, setting the precedent for the first ticker tape parade in the process.
#9 Bedloe’s Island
Long before the Statue of Liberty reached its shores, the small bit of land it now occupies was known as Great Oyster Island. The nearby tidal flats of the region were home to massive oyster beds that served as a main food source of the region for almost three centuries! The island would eventually be gifted by an English governor in 1664 to a British Captain, who then went on to sell it to one Isaac Bedloe. It was henceforth known as Bedloe’s Island and served a variety of uses over the next century as private property. The island would continue to change hands over the years, sometimes operating as a farm or hunting grounds, and even being utilized as a smallpox quarantine station. But during the American Revolution, British forces would attempt to use the island to house Tory sympathizers, but after the dust settled in 1776, the island’s structures were burnt down. In their stead, the US Army erected Fort Wood, which would go on to serve as the base of the Statue of Liberty. The name of the landmass would eventually be changed to Liberty Island by Congress in 1956.