Why Did People Settle On The Plains

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  • Created on: 08-04-16 16:03
Railroads
Rail road companies sold large tracts of land along their lines cheaply for those who helped construction.
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Technology
Threshers and wind pumps had been developed to help farm in dry, open spaces.
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1873 Timber Culture Act
160 acres were given away for free so long as 40 acres were planted with trees
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Problems In Europe
Unemployment and poverty was everywhere in Europe so people moved for a better life. Land in Scandinavia was in short supply. The Jews had been persecuted in Eastern Europe so moved to the Plains.
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1877 Desert Land Act
640 acres of was made available in areas of little rainfall.
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1862 Homestead Act
Each family was given 160 acres of land for $10 so long as they farmed it for five years.
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Manifest Destiny
If people moved to the Plains they would be fulfilling Gods wish that the whole of America be populated.
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Advertising
Many newspapers and magazines encouraged people to go west. Also leaflets were commonly placed around the East.
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Racism In The South
Many former slaves faced racism in the south and so moved onto the Plains.
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Threshers and wind pumps had been developed to help farm in dry, open spaces.

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Technology

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160 acres were given away for free so long as 40 acres were planted with trees

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Card 4

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Unemployment and poverty was everywhere in Europe so people moved for a better life. Land in Scandinavia was in short supply. The Jews had been persecuted in Eastern Europe so moved to the Plains.

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640 acres of was made available in areas of little rainfall.

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