ANALYZE. "Necessity is the mother of invention." Apply this statement to the West. Cattle, the Homestead Act, & The Grange p. 5 – 6. CATTLE BECOMES BIG BUSINESS. Ranching became increasingly profitable Texas ranchers learned how to handle the Texas Longhorns from Mexican ranchers
"Necessity is the mother of invention."
Apply this statement to the West.
MEXICAN “VAQUEROS” (COW MAN) PROVIDED THE VOCABULARY FOR THE AMERICAN COWBOY
POSTCARD OF CHICAGO UNION STOCK YARDS
Most settlers built their homes from the land itself
Pioneers often dug their homes out of the sides of ravines or hills (Dugouts)
Those in the flat plains made freestanding homes made of turf (Soddies)
JOHN DEERE’S STEEL PLOW HAD TO BE PULLED BY A HORSE OR MULE
Barbed Wire – Prevented animals from trampling crops & wandering off
Reaper – Sped up harvesting
Steel Plow – planting made efficient in tough soil
Steel Windmill – Brought up underground water for irrigation
Question: How did all of these events lead to the closing of the frontier?