Stock Raising Homestead Act (1916)

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  • Land ownership from the settlement of the colonies until Americans moved west for a new life, generally made no distinction between surface and subsurface ownership. Real estate law reflected English common law and was amended in the East by various states as the need arose. Development of the western states occurred in environments alien to those of the East, as did the pressures for settlement. The population vacuum, Mexican desires to reclaim the West, and the need to populate large areas of uninhabited land combined with available natural resources led to homesteading. Such homesteading was championed by the passage of federal legislature intended to settle the land and exploit the unexplored natural wealth in the West. Poncho Villa's assault on Columbus, New Mexico, in 1916 ...

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