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Illustrated and Designed By
Christian Alas
Sound By
Margarita Onofre

Land Rush

As large waves of immigrants came in, some cities grew very crowded. Most of the millions of immigrants who reached Ellis Island, the point in New York where people seeking citizenship within the U.S. first arrived, did not travel much farther. Approximately a third of the immigrants, therefore, settled in New York City.

Many of them ended up working in the mills and mines of New York, Ohio, New England, Pennsylvania, or in the packinghouses of Chicago. Most of the immigrants could not afford to buy land in the West since they had spent all of their money coming to America.

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Hunger forced them to accept the first jobs they could find in the areas, causing the populations of cities such as New York to drastically increase without much planning. Over five million Europeans had come to America. Another 3.75 million immigrants had joined them by the end of 19th century.


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In an attempt to solve this population problem, the government’s solution was to give land in the Mid West to South Central region to all of those who wanted it. At noon on April 22, 1889, government officials fired signal guns, sending hundreds of homesteaders racing across the border of Indian Territory to stake their claims in present day Oklahoma.

This was the greatest mass settlement of the West since the Homestead Act of 1862. This event kindled or rekindled the American dream not only in those who rushed to claim new lands, but also in other Americans who vicariously experienced the excitement.

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The government rescinded its agreements to protect and preserve Indian Territory for the Native Americans who had been forcibly removed by the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and subsequent legislation.

The great land rush led to statehood for the Indian Territory, which became the state of Oklahoma on November 16, 1907. Tribal lands were drastically reduced in this process.

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Land Rush