This boat-shaped silhouette may not be overly familiar to everyone, but the name Alcatraz surely must be? Doesn’t the word itself conjure up images of criminals in tiny, old-fashioned prison cells? Of breakout attempts, and of hardship? It does for me, at least.

What did this image teach me?

When the Spanish originally arrived in the area, they named the little island out in the bay “La Isla de los Alcatraces” which means The Island of Pelicans. Pelican Prizon doesn’t sound anywhere near as threatening, does it?

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