Settling the West


having to do with farming

Manifest Destiny

1800s belief that Americans had the right to spread across the continent.

Dawes Act

1887 law which gave all Native American males 160 acres to farm and also set up schools to make Native American children more like other Americans


the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another


land set aside by the United States government for Native Americans


process of acquiring or causing a person to acquire American traits and characteristics


Mexican cowboys

Homestead Act

1862 - Provided free land in the West to anyone willing to settle there and develop it. Encouraged westward migration.

Great Plains

A mostly flat and grassy region of western North America

Populist Party Platform

Free coinage of silver, direct election of senators, and national income tax.

Third Parties

parties that organize to compete against the two major American political parties