What is the Homestead Act of 1852? – Definition, Summary & Quiz | Education Portal

Definition

The Homestead Act was a law passed by Congress in 1862 which granted 160 acres of federal land to any U.S. citizen. An individual was given ownership of the land for free if that person lived on the land for five years and improved the land by building a home and producing a crop. This legislation was intended to give Americans incentive to settle on the western frontier and aid the continuing territorial expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century (1800s).

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