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The West: Exploiting an Empire

Nomadic and warlike best described the Plains Tribes. Custer's Last Stand was the greatest Native American victory over the United States Army.  National Grange was estiblished to help provide isolated farmers with social and cultural activities. The Homestead Act of 1862 failed because the land allotments were insufficient for farming arid land.  All members of the journey had tasks to fulfill on the trail for most settlers moving westward. In open range ranching, ranchers rounded up wild cattle roaming free on the range. Frederick Jackson Turner was the historian who first developed the "frontier thesis." The Plains tribes differed from the Eastern Woodland tribes because Eastern Woodland tribes were stationary and had organized societies, Plains tribes were dependent on buffalo and horses, and the Plains tribes were less hospitable to settlers in their territory.

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