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In Florida, homestead grants became vacation spots

In Florida, homestead grants became vacation spots
Water flows from the Atlantic Ocean into the Summer Haven River, south of the Matanzas Inlet, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, through a breach caused by a nor'easter on Nov. 5 and 6.

With authentic estate rates going up and up these times, it is difficult to picture a time when oceanfront or riverfront house was free. In 1862, Congress handed a Homestead Act which supplied as several as 160 acres of community land absolutely free to someone who occupied the land for five decades.

Claimants experienced to shell out the administrative payment in cash in buy to entire the transaction. It was also attainable just to pay back cash at the starting and forgo the prerequisite of five-several years profession of the land.

The Act was supposed to stimulate settlement of the western aspect of the United States. The regulation, nonetheless, used nationwide. At the time there was nonetheless readily available unclaimed land in Florida and homestead land here available a significantly diverse photograph than in the West.