Some hardships faced by frontier farmers were a lack of rainfall and dense earth that was difficult to plow, owing to the tough grasses of the Great Plains. They were therefore heavily reliant upon agricultural technologies such as wind-powered pumps, to raise water from underground, and plows that were reinforced with steel tips.Continue Reading
Because of these hardships, frontier farmers were given large tracts of land by the government in return for nominal fees, providing they could successfully improve them. This was the Homestead Act of 1862.
However, frontier farmers on this land were also subject to attacks by Native Americans, who objected to being displaced from their ancestral land and confined to reservations.Learn more about US History
During a period of drought in the 1930s, the Great Plains began to be known as the Dust Bowl. The plains had been overgrazed and overfarmed, leading to erosion of the topsoil in the previous decades. Due to this erosion and a drought that started in 1931, when wind started blowing, the soil was easily picked up and blown through the air.Full Answer >
Though a nomadic group, the Sioux bands roamed a massive swath of the Great Plains, from the Rocky Mountains in the west, east to Minnesota and south to Oklahoma. They also roamed as far north as modern Winnipeg, Manitoba.Full Answer >
Stephen Long is best-known for his exploration of the Great Plains region of the United States and for conducting topographical and scientific studies of its geology, flora and fauna. Additionally, he was a noted inventor, improving on steam locomotive designs of the time. He received a patent for this work in 1826.Full Answer >
The Dust Bowl was the name of the Great Plains region of the United States during the Great Depression. The region went through a harsh drought that turned the land into a dusty, dry and cracked landscape. The drought lasted for three years and forced many residents to move.Full Answer >