Homesteaders (Incorporate with Fed)

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  • 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…


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