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social studies gr7

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great plains? A vast plateau of land rising gradually from the Mississippi to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It was once known as the Great American Desert because of its scarce rainfall.
Invention? A new process or devise that usually makes life easier. Examples in the 1800s: steel plows, barbed wire, railroads, dry farming, and sod house building.
Railroad? A system of trains, tracks, and train depots. The number of these increased in the late 1800s as people headed west on trains and sent their products, such as gold, silver, cattle, and wheat back east on trains.
Transcontinental Railroad? The system of railroads that linked the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast. It opened up the west to the great migration of adventurers, fortune seekers, and settlers.
Migration? Movement from one place to anotherExample-Exodusters, settlers, and homesteaders.
cattle? Cows and Bulls, raised by ranchers, herded and roped by cowboys, and shipped on railroads to slaughter houses , many in Chicago, and then put back on trains to sell back east.
Policy? a plan that guides decision-making
Rancher? a person who raises cattle.
Reservation? Land set aside for Indian Tribes.
Homesteader? A person who took advantage of the 1862 law ,The Homestead Act, that granted 160 acres of public land to settlers as long as they farmed the land for 5 years
Created by: lucas