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Steps to a Homestead - Introduction
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R-A9975
Item Date
1904


Settlers from Nebraska arriving in Estevan.


On the surface of it, the process of obtaining a homestead and moving to Saskatchewan appeared to be an overwhelming task. Leaving family, friends, and a land you were familiar with for the unknown was not an easy thing to do. In addition to these concerns, prospective homesteaders had to navigate the logistics of moving to a new land and meeting the requirements of the Canadian government. While a massive advertising campaign made the entire process appear easy to do, most of the stories talk of difficult ocean crossings, long railway journeys, and the harsh reality of finding themselves in a land that had never seen the plough. The paper work was complex and the work difficult, but the lure of free land and the chance to start over again was a great incentive for people. Within 60 years close to a million people made the move to Saskatchewan to take up a homestead and till the soil.

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R-A9975
Media Type:
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Keywords:
Immigration; Americans


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