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Frontier Farmers

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by lindsayconley
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Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
American History
Grade:
11

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Frontier Farmers

Frontiersmen had to adapt to new environments. Frontiersmen migrating to the Great Plains faced a harsh environment of extremes.

The frontier represented opportunity. The Homestead Act of 1862 presented the opportunity to own frontier land to those who previously had been unable to afford it. Without the “free land” of the frontier, the government would not have been able to offer this opportunity.

Frontier Farmers

As the frontier line moved west, each wave of frontiersmen faced “a return to primitive conditions” as frontiersmen migrated to unsettled land.

The uneven advance of the frontier line reflects Indian resistance, geographical obstacles, and the attraction of new resources.

The frontier line was often defined or affected by natural boundaries, e.g. the Appalachian Mountains, the Mississippi River, or the Great Plains. The frontier line moved west as each boundary was overcome.


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