Homestead Act


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Homestead Act

n.
An act passed by Congress in 1862 enabling persons who settled on undeveloped 160-acre tracts of land to gain title after meeting certain criteria, such as residing on and cultivating the land for five years after the initial claim.

Homestead Act

n
1. (Law) an act passed by the US Congress in 1862 making available to settlers 160-acre tracts of public land for cultivation
2. (Law) (in Canada) a similar act passed by the Canadian Parliament in 1872

Home′stead Act`


n.
a special act of Congress (1862) that made public lands in the West available to settlers without payment, usu. in lots of 160 acres, to be used as farms.
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BOSTON - State officials say changes taking effect this week in the Massachusetts Homestead Act will give homeowners more protection against creditors.
With the forts in place, settlers were then free to move westward, but with one caveat: They had to follow the scripts set by the Homestead Act of 1862 and all subsequent land settlement statutes.
She was elected to the Silver Haired Legislature from the Worcester region and was involved in the passage of the Massachusetts Homestead Act.
Beginning this week, changes to the Massachusetts Homestead Act will strengthen protection for homeowners from creditor claims.
Until recently it was entirely from the other Homestead act, namely the Homestead Tax Exemption.
Over the decades under the Homestead Act of 1862, westward expansion had resulted in a whopping 1.
It would have been better to enact an urban version of the Homestead Act, as the Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto has proposed that nations across the world do today.
This is not to claim that the Homestead Act encouraged sensible settlement; far from it, as Anderson and Hill make clear.
I suppose 150 years ago, those same folks would have said, "Let's not have a Homestead Act.
Rich in historical documents that provide valuable resources for students, teachers, librarians and researchers, the site traces relevant history beginning with the Homestead Act of 1862.
In these books, Micheaux brings to the Great Plains the ideals of homesteading as cemented in the Homestead Act of 1862 (1) and the Frontier Thesis of Frederick Jackson Turner.
1862: The Homestead Act offers free land in the West to new settlers.