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Chapter 3 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
reservation land set aside by the government for Native Americans
Battle of Little Bighorn Lakota victory over the United States soldiers on June 25, 1876
pioneer early settler of a region
exoduster name for African American pioneers who moved to the Great Plains after the Civil War
gold rush sudden movement of many people to an area where gold has been found
entrepreneur person who starts a new business, hoping to make a profit
transcontinental railroad railroad that crosses a continent. The first transcontinental railroad in the United States was completed in 1869
cattle drive ways cowboys moved large herds of cattle north from ranches in Texas to towns along the railroads in the late 1800s
Pony Express service begun in 1860 that used a relay of riders on horses to deliver mail from Missouri to California in ten days
technology use of new ideas to make tools that improve people's lives
telegraph device that sends messages through wires using electricity
Homestead Act law signed in 1862 offering free land to people willing to start new farms on the Great Plains
sodbuster Great Plains farmer of the late 1800s who had to cut through thick sod, or thick grass, before planting crops
homesteader settler who claimed land in the Great Plains under the Homestead Act
Created by: amoody1234