Homesteading is a major theme in the settling of the American West.
Write a factual essay that:
(a) explains the major ideas/philosophies that led to homesteading laws and who
(b) lists how the U.S. was assembled – how was the land acquired and what did
each acquisition cost?
(c) lists and briefly discusses three major homesteading laws/bills that disposed of former
Indian land and transferred them to settlers or resource developers
(d) explains two myths about climate that made people believe they could farm in
the arid West