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Westward expansion

Westward expansion Vocabulary

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Bessemer Process a steel-making process, now largely superseded, in which carbon, silicon, and other impurities are removed from molten pig iron by oxidation in a blast of air in a special tilting retort
Telephone system for transmitting voices over a distance using wire or radio, by converting acoustic vibrations to electrical signals.
Great Plains a broad expanse of flat land, much of it covered in prairie, steppe, and grassland, located in America and Canada and lies west of the Mississippi River.
Indian Wars the various armed conflicts that were fought by European governments and colonists, and later by the United States and Canadian governments and American and Canadian settlers, against various American Indian and First Nation tribes
American Indian Citizenship Act An act that granted full citizenship to all of the Indians who hadn't received it
Transcontinental Railroad contiguous network of railroad track age that crosses a continental land mass with terminals at different oceans or continental borders
Thomas Edison inventor of inventions such as electric light, the photograph, the kinetoscope, and microphone
Klondike Gold Rush About 100,000 people moved to klondike gold mining district in search of gold.
Homestead Act opened settlements to any one, including freed slaves, to pu tin for up to 160 free acres of federal land. By the end of the civil war, 15000 homes claims had been established.
Dawes Act A federal law intended to turn Native Americans into farmers and landowners by providing cooperaion families with 160 acres of reservation land for farming or 320 for grazing
Reservations
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Alexander Graham Bell
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