Land Run. 1889. President Benjamin Harrison opened 2 million acres open for settlement Because of the Homestead Act (1862) legal settlers could claim 160 acres. Once they lived on it for 5 years and made improvements, they could receive the title .
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It wasn’t just poor farmers who wanted the land; professionals, capitalists and politicians saw the land runs as opportunity
The run was monitored by U.S. troops but only on a small portion of the perimeter of the Oklahoma Lands
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