Reasons for homesteaders

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  • Homesteaders- reasons for settling on the Plains
    • Government encouargement
      • 1862
        • Homestead Act
          • 160 acres of land for free
          • Had to be lived on and farmed for 5 years
      • 1873
        • Timber Culture Act
          • Further 160 acres of land for free
          • Required to plant 40 acres with trees
      • 1877
        • Desert Land Act
          • Could buy 640 more acres of land cheaply
          • Areas where lack of rainfall was a problem
    • End of Civil war (1861-65)
      • Demobilised soldiers and families
        • Fresh start
      • Freed black slaves
        • New start in life
          • Became
            • Fresh start
            • Homesteaders
            • Railroad builders
            • Cowboys
    • Building of the railroads
      • Easier to reach plains
      • Land sold cheaply by railroad companies
      • Provided employment
      • Advertising
    • Push
      • Escape from poverty and unemployment
      • Lack of farming space
      • Religious persecution
      • Ex-soldiers lack of oppurtunity
      • Freed slaves escaping social persecution
    • Pull
      • Free land
      • Manifest destiny
      • New start
      • Advertising from railroad companies
      • News from settlers of good
    • Enabling
      • Railroads, easier to get there
      • Clear of Plains Indians after 1860s.

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