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westward expansion

transcontinental railroad A railroad across the country that transported goods.
coolies A Chinese immigrant who came to work on the transcontinental railroad
promontory point Place in northeastern Utah where the tracks of the Union Pacific and Central pacific railroads met in 1869 to complete the transcontinental railroad.
homesteaders Settler who claimed land on the Great Plains under the Homestead Act.
homestead act Law signed in 1862 offering free land to people willing to start new farms on the Great Plains.
sodbusters Great Plains farmer of the late 1800s who had to cut through sod, or thick grass, before planting crops.
soddy A house made of soil and grasses.
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