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Chapter 2 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Vigilance Committee an unauthorized committee of citizens organized for the maintenance of order and the summary punishment of crime in the absence of regular or efficient courts.
Hydraulic Mining placer mining using a pressurized stream of water.
Open Range govt owned grazing land that ranchers use to feed their herds
Hacienda a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
Barrios a geographical area constituting a city or town
Homestead a house and surrounding land owned by a family — often, it includes a farmhouse.
Dry Farming A type of farming practiced in arid areas without irrigation by planting drought-resistant crops and maintaining a fine surface tilth or mulch that protects the natural moisture of the soil from evaporation.
Sod buster a person who operates a farm.
Bonanza farm were very large farms in the United States performing large-scale operations, mostly growing and harvesting wheat.
Nomad a member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.
Annuity a financial product sold by financial institutions that is designed to accept and grow funds from an individual and then, upon annuitization, pay out a stream of payments to the individual at a later point in time.
Assimilate take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully.
Allotment a piece of land deeded by the government to a Native American, as part of the division of tribally held land.
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