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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The list includes laws dealing with contracts, torts, criminal law, homestead laws, rights to collect debts, acquisition and transfer of real estate, taxation and zoning.