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The Homestead Act of 1862 was meant to encourage settlers to western lands and create farmlands. The US government would allow settlers from the East to claim Federal western lands to farming if they met certain requirements. When these requirements were accomplished, the settlers would have free land from the US government.

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encourage western settlement.

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Free land

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