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area of land set aside for native americans


sent messages along wires using electricity


settlers who claimed land on the great plains

cattle drive

method cowboys used to move large herds of cattle north from ranches in texas

union pacific

railroad that ran from nevada to nebraska

battle of little bighorn

lakota victory over the US soilders on june 25,1876

transcontinental railroad

railroad that crosses a continent

sod buster

great plains farmer of the late 1800s who had to cut through sod, or thick grass before planting crops


or new settlers that move to the great plains


thousands of african americans pioneers started new lives in communities on the great plains


a person who starts a new buisness, hoping to make a profit

central pacific

a railroad that traveled from california to nevada

pony express

Began delivering mail from missouri to california in 10 days

homestead act

offered free land to american citizens and immergants


the use of new ideas to make tools that improve peoples lives

gold rush

sudden movement of many people to an area where gold is found

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