- a special act of Congress (1862) that made public lands in the West available to settlers without payment, usually in lots of 160 acres, to be used as farms.
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- an act passed by the US Congress in 1862 making available to settlers 160-acre tracts of public land for cultivation
- (in Canada) a similar act passed by the Canadian Parliament in 1872
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A law passed in the 1860s that offered up to 160 acres of public land to any head of a family who paid a registration fee, lived on the land for five years, and cultivated it or built on it.
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