Presentation on theme: " 6 mile square called a township Township had 36 sections Each section was 1 square mile 1 square is 640 acres."— Presentation transcript:
6 mile square called a township Township had 36 sections Each section was 1 square mile 1 square is 640 acres
Required the purchase of an entire section $1.00 per acre Cost and labor proved overwhelming
Lots reduced to 320 acres Could pay in 4 installments Graduated scale introduced .12-$1.25 Bonus to veterans
Displaced farmers looked west Preemption was accepted-individuals right to settle land first and pay later(credit) Opposed by N-S, why?
3 Step Process File Application Live on and Improve the land After 5 years, file for deed
Qualifications for a Homestead Head of the family Citizen 21 years of age Had not fought against the Union
The Government sold 10x acreage than was Homesteaded. Why did people buy land when the government was giving it away?
Land was already being used by Native Americans, ranchers and trappers. Had to live on it for 5 years Had to farm the land and build a home Some areas were infertile, no trees, little water Poor location
Access to the railroads Closer to towns Usually better soil for farming Protected by the government Higher resale value Immediate ownership
Republicans wanted votes Deal not as sweet as it appeared They knew it would conflict with Native Americans, ranchers and trappers.