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Westward Expansion

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Transcontinental Railroad Railroad that crosses a continent. The first transcontinental railroad in the USA was completed in 1869
Coolies Chinese immigrants who were working on the Transcontinental railroad.
Promontory Point, Utah Place in the northwest Utah where tracks of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in 1869 to complete the transcontinental railroad.
Homesteader Settlers who claimed land on the Great Plains under the homestead act.
Homestead Act Law sighned in 1862 offering free land to people willing to start new farms on the Great Plains.
Sodbuster Great plains farmer of the late 1800's who had cut through sod, or thick grass before planting crops.
Soddy Chunks of dirt and grass, often used to build houses.
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