Settlig the West


related to farming

Homestead Act

Passed in 1862, it gave 160 acres of public land to any settler who would farm the land for five years. The settler would only have to pay a registration fee of $25.

Manifest Destiny

A notion held by a nineteenth-century Americans that the United States was destined to rule the continent, from the Atlantic the Pacific.

Dawes Act

1887 law that distributed reservation land to individual Native American owners


interpreting one's new experience in terms of one's existing schemas


Federal land set aside for Native Americans


Belief that assimilating immigrants into American society would make them more loyal citizens


a Spanish term for cowboy

Great Plains

A mostly flat and grassy region of western North America

Populist Party Platform

The Populist Party Platform was co-opted. The party made a viable third party independant of the Democrats and Republicans

third parties

electoral contenders other than the two major parties. American third parties are not unusual, but they rarely win elections.