In 1814, America once again found itself at war with Britain. And it wasn’t going very well. To strike fear into its adversary, the British army burned Washington, D.C., to the ground. But not everything was lost. The Bank of Metropolis was able to protect the assets of its clients and fund the capital’s rebuilding. Today, the Bank of Metropolis is part of Bank of America, which continues to invest in preserving our nation’s heritage for future generations. Almost 200 years later, the bank is helping expand the Ellis Island Immigration Museum so that visitors can explore what it means to be a U.S. citizen.