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Chapter 18 vocab

social studies

TermDefinition
reservation the action of reserving something
lode a vein of metal ore in the earth.
transcontinental Railroad line crossing a continent.
vigilante A citizen who in forces justice without jurisdiction.
brand an identifying mark burned on livestock or criminals and/or slaves with a branding iron.
ghost town a deserted town with few or no remaining inhabitants.
subsidy a sum of money granted by the government or a public body to assist an industry or business.
ore a naturally occurring solid material from which a metal or valuable mineral can be profitably extracted.
Open Range a large area of grazing land without fences or other barriers.
nomadic a member of a people having no permanent home, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.
Homestead Act The Homestead Acts were several United States federal laws that gave an applicant ownership of land, typically called a "homestead", at little or no cost.