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apr 29, 1862 - Homestead Act divided 2.5 million acres into sections or homesteads of 160 acres. People could now just claim 160 acres of land. The only requirement on their part was that they paid a small administration charge and built a house and lived on the land for at least 5 years. Nearly 470,000 homesteaders apply for homesteads in the next eighteen years.

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Honors History B3 Jacobs Moving West
1860-1900 by Dylan Kirk

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apr 29, 1862
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~ 156 years ago
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