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Chapter 3 Lesson 2

Great Plains Region in central North America, east of the Rocky Mountains and extending from Canada to Texas
Nicodemus, Kansas town in Kansas that was founded by African Americans
Willa Cather (1873-1947)Novelist who moved to the Great Plains as a child in the 1800's. Her writing was strongly influenced by Nebraska's immigrant settlers
Benjamin Singleton (1809-1892)Leader of African American pioneers known as exodusters, who moved to the Great Plains after the Civil War
George Shima (1863-1926)Immigrant farmer from Japan who produced 80 percent of California's potato crop, becoming known as the "Potato King"
Pioneer early settler of a region
Homestead Act law signed in 1862 offering free land to people willing to start new farms on the Great Plains
homesteader settler who claimed land in the Great Plains under the Homestead Act
sodbuster Great Plains farmer of the lated 1800's who had to cut through sod, or thick grass, before planting crops
technology use of new ideas to make tools that improve peoples lives
exoduster name for African American pioneers who moved to the Great Plains after the Civil War
Pony Express service begun in 1860 that used a relay of riders on horses to deliver mail from Missouri to California in ten days
telegraph device that sends messages through wires using electricity
transcontinental railroad Railroad that crosses a continent. The first transcontinental railroad in the United States was started in 1862 and was completed in 1869
cattle drive way cowboys moved large herds of cattle north from ranches in Texas to towns along the railroads in the late 1800's
gold rush sudden movement of many people to an area where gold is found
entrepreneur person who starts a new business, hoping to make a profit
reservation land set aside by the government for Native Americans
Battle of Little Bighorn Lakota victory over United States soldiers on June 25, 1876
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