How did Alcatraz get its name?

Juan Manuel de Ayala was a Spanish explorer who is said to have been the first to sail into the San Francisco Bay. He named the three islands he discovered in the bay “Alcatraces” – later anglicized to Alcatraz. The name means pelican or strange bird. 

 

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