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US History Chapter 2

1. vigilance committee group of ordinary citizens who organize to find criminals and bring them to justice
2. hydraulic mining method of mining by which water is sprayed at a very high pressure against a hill or mountain, washing away large quantities of dirt, gravel, and rock and exposing the minerals beneath the surface
3. open range vast areas of grassland owned by the federal government
4. hacienda a huge ranch
5. barrios Spanish-speaking neighborhoods in a town or city
6. homestead a piece of U.S. public land acquired by living on it and cultivating it
7. dry farming a way of farming dry land in which seeds are planted deep in the ground where there is some moisture
8. sodbuster a name given to Great Plains farmers
9. bonanza farm a large, highly profitable wheat farm
10. nomad a person who continually moves from place to place, usually in search of food
11. annuity money paid by contract at regular intervals
12. assimilate to absorb a group into the culture of another population
13. allotment a plot of land assigned to an individual or a family for a specific use
Created by: morganmont