Homestead Act

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Homestead Act

Abraham Lincoln has just signed the Homestead Act. If you move to the midwest, you can buy 160 acres of land for just $18.00!!!! You do have to build a home on the land in six months and you must farm it for five years. After five years, the land is yours to keep. Imagine being in charge of your own farm! Sign up today!

Adjusting to Life

The climate in the midwest is very harsh. The summers are very hot and have a lot of hail storms along with tornadoes. The winters are very long and cold. There is a lot of snow and blizzards. Farming is much harder because there are droughts. Many settles use irrigation and dry farming to help. Some settlers are also planting Russian wheat that grows better in dry conditions.