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        Homestead Act (1862) and Resource Materials

        This document includes images of the 1862 Homestead Act. Passed on May 20, 1862, the Homestead Act accelerated the settlement of the western territory by granting adult heads of families 160 acres of surveyed public land for a minimal filing fee and 5 years of continuous residence on that land.

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