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The last frontier of the United States was a great time period where Americans and immigrants from around the world came and settled for new land It was a time where the federal government encouraged western settlement and economic exploitation The United States of America came of age after the civil war In a period of less than fifty years it was transformed from a rural republic to an urban state The frontier had vanished Great factories and steel mills transcontinental railroad lines flourishing cities vast agricultural holdings marked the land And in them came accompanying evils monopolies tended to develop factory working conditions were poor cities developed so quickly that they could not properly house or govern their teeming populations factory production sometimes outran practical consumption The American frontier was an escape and a place of hope for those willing and able to take their futures into their own handsIn the United States the frontier moved in stages beginning with the Eastern settlements the original 13 colonies After the American Revolution the pioneers gradually crossed the Appalachians and went into the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys then in the mid-19th century across the Mississippi Settlement did not proceed directly across the continent however Most of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountain regions were temporarily bypassed in the rush to get to California The rush was for gold and the Mexican War had given California along with the whole Southwest to the United States Settlement was spurred by the Homestead Act of 1862 which granted free farms of 160 acres to citizens who would occupy and improve the land By 1880 nearly 56000000 acres was and found their way into private hands Going to the west was a very hard thing to do since people didnt know what was out there Since the beginning of white settlement in America the Indians had given way before the advancing cabins of the pioneer farmers The states
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