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History.com: Alcatraz Prison

A mysterious piece of American history is the infamous "Escape from Alcatraz." Alcatraz Island was discovered in 1775 by explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala. In the 1850's the United States built the fortress on the island beset with pelicans, to be used by the national military. On October 12, 1933, the military released the island and its fortress to Justice Department. Find out deep secrets contained within the walls of the prison through the provided videos. and uncover details about this famous national monument.

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