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Unit 1: The Gilded Age

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Railroad line that linked the eastern railroad system with California's railroad system; constructed by the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads; completed in 1869 at Promontory, Utah.
Historical Significance:
Established a transportation network that revolutionized the population and economy of the American West.
Law that encouraged westward expansion by allowing any American who had never taken up arms against the U.S. - including freed slaves, women, and immigrants - to acquire as much as 160 acres of land by living on it for 5 years, improving it, and paying a filing fee of about $18.
Historical Significance
Sped up the settlement of the west; depleted Native Americans of most of their land and resources and accelerated the Indian Wars of the 1870s and 1880s