Angel Island

San Francisco, CA

history of angel island

The first European known to have seen Angel Island was Gaspar de Portola, who came overland to San Francisco in 1769.The first European known to have seen Angel Island was Gaspar de Portola, who came overland to San Francisco in 1769.  The first owner of angel island was Don Antonio Maria Osio, a government originally from San Jose del Cabo. The mexican government granted him Angel Island in 1839. Only if it was allowed to build a fort there if needed. The chinese immigrated to the United States for better lives. Their work included farming, mining and biulding railroads.  Men sent money home to their families in china.