- Actions of the Fed Gov strongly connected to the impact the homesteaders made on westward expansion.
- Homestead Act 1862 - 160 acres to those who farmed the land for at least 5 years.
- Appealed to the poorer classes, new start - pull factor to the great plains, without federal action, homesteaders unable to reach the west.
- Large influx established a stronghold on the once unexplored and unchartered territory.
- Independence became a key trading town for emigrants, set up by Homesteaders, directly assisted in aiding other to the west, clearly significant.
- Importance of Fed and Homesteaders questioned by hardships faced, pushing prospective westerners…