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Amache Relocation Camp outside of Granada, Colorado. One of two camps managed by Colorado during World War II. The Amache camp was constructed for the Japanese who were forced to locate here after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt signed the order which authorized the collection of Japanese American citizens from their land and property up and down the west coast and forced them to live in what essentially prisoner of war camps. The second camp was for German POWS and was located in Northern Colorado. This was a dark time for America in not only in the war it was now involved but in the injustice it meted out to the Japanese Americans at the time. The justification for relocation was to be able to keep a close eye on potential spies and saboteurs for the Empire of Japan. In fact, not one resident of these camps were ever convicted of spying for the Emperor.

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Taken on November 28, 2015