Homestead Act
A federal law, passed in 1862, which allowed people to become owners of up to 160 acres of unappropriated public land by filing an application, living on the land and improving it for five years, and paying a filing fee to acquire title.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners

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  • Homestead act — Le Homestead Act est une loi des États Unis d’Amérique, signée par le président Abraham Lincoln le 20 mai 1862. Elle permet à chaque famille pouvant justifier qu elle occupe un terrain depuis 5 ans d en revendiquer la propriété privée, et ce dans …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Homestead Act — thumb|Certificate of homestead given under the Homestead Act in Nebraska, 1868.The Homestead Act was a United States Federal law that gave an applicant freehold title to 160 acres (one quarter section or about 65 hectares) 640 acres (one section… …   Wikipedia

  • Homestead Act — Le Homestead Act est une loi des États Unis d’Amérique, signée par le président Abraham Lincoln le 20 mai 1862. Elle permet à chaque famille pouvant justifier qu elle occupe un terrain depuis 5 ans d en revendiquer la propriété privée, et ce dans …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Homestead Act — Der Homestead Act (dt. auch: Heimstättengesetz) ist ein 1863 in den USA in Kraft getretenes Gesetz zum Landerwerb. Es erlaubte jeder Person über 21 Jahren, sich auf einem bis dahin unbesiedelten Stück Land niederzulassen, sich ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Homestead Act — Home′stead Act n. gov a special act of Congress (1862) that made public lands in the West available to settlers without payment, usu. in lots of 160 acres, to be used as farms …   From formal English to slang

  • Homestead Act — a special act of Congress (1862) that made public lands in the West available to settlers without payment, usually in lots of 160 acres, to be used as farms. * * * …   Universalium

  • Homestead Act — /ˈhoʊmstɛd/ (say hohmsted) noun a special act (1862) of the US Congress which made lands in the West available to settlers without payments …   Australian English dictionary

  • Homestead Act — a special act of Congress (1862) that made public lands in the West available to settlers without payment, usually in lots of 160 acres, to be used as farms …   Useful english dictionary

  • Homestead Act of 1860 — The Homestead Act of 1860 in the United States made land available for 25 cents per acre. This was at a time where northerners had an idea that the government should give convert|160|acre|km2|sing=on plots of land to pioneers for free. People… …   Wikipedia

  • Southern Homestead Act of 1866 — The Southern Homestead Act of 1866 is a United States federal law enacted to break a cycle of debt during the Reconstruction following the American Civil War. Prior to this act, blacks and whites alike were having trouble buying land.… …   Wikipedia

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