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  • The Homestead Act 1862
    • 160 acres free land for each family.
    • Homesteaders had to build a house on the land and live there for 5 years to get the land free.
    • If they wanted to have the land more quickly, they had to pay for it.
    • Some said the amount of land was too small, particularly in the high plains were soil was infertile.
    • Better farm machinery meant you could bring more land under cultivation.
    • Land speculators decided to use the law to make a profit, they got their employees to get the land free and then sold it at a higher price.
    • After 1873 a Homesteader could get 480 acres if they claimed land under the 1841, 1862 and 1873 Acts.
    • In 1877 the government passed the Desert Land Act allowing people to buy 160 acres if rainfall was a problem in their area.
    • The Homestead act offered 2.5m acres of land.
    • Thousands of farmers got free land.
    • Many farmers got a shock when they arrived, the land was terrible.
    • Tools and seeds used by farmers in the East were useless in the western soil.
    Good Bad
  • The Homestead Act 1862
    • 160 acres free land for each family.
    • If they wanted to have the land more quickly, they had to pay for it.
    • After 1873 a Homesteader could get 480 acres if they claimed land under the 1841, 1862 and 1873 Acts.
    • In 1877 the government passed the Desert Land Act allowing people to buy 160 acres if rainfall was a problem in their area.
    • The Homestead act offered 2.5m acres of land.
    • Thousands of farmers got free land.
    • Homesteaders had to build a house on the land and live there for 5 years to get the land free.
    • Some said the amount of land was too small, particularly in the high plains were soil was infertile.
    • Better farm machinery meant you could bring more land under cultivation.
    • Land speculators decided to use the law to make a profit, they got their employees to get the land free and then sold it at a higher price.
    • Many farmers got a shock when they arrived, the land was terrible.
    • Tools and seeds used by farmers in the East were useless in the western soil.
    Good Bad
  • Was life on the Homestead tougher for men or women?
    • MEN: (p. 65-6)
    • Lack of water
    • Shortage of building materials
    • Extreme weather
    • Prairie fires and plagues
    • Problems with crops
    • WOMEN: (p. 67-8)
    • Illness (children)
    • Medical care
    • Substitute items
    • Reading and writing
    • Cooking
    • Replacing items
    • Loneliness
    • The Homesteader’s are famous for writing letters home. You have got to West and realised you have made a dreadful mistake. You are writing home to your friends telling them NOT to follow you. You need to include details of:
  • Was life on the Homestead tougher for men or women?