U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Homestead Act 1862-2012
 
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What is a homestead? 

Homesteading refers to establishing a homestead or living on it and (hopefully) making a living off of it. The 1862 Homestead Act and other laws gave “Homesteading the Land” a special meaning. People had to fulfill the legal requirements of the acts in order to be awarded the land. Once they met the requirements, the federal government granted them a patent of ownership for their land.


 
Last updated: 03-07-2012