Before 1870, The Great Plains were and area where traditional Native Americans lived.
The Freudians, a newly married couple who heard about the homestead acted, quickly packed their bags and took the transcontinental road to head west and settle in the open range.
But then in 1862 President Lincoln enacted the homestead act, promising settlers 160 acres of free land if they resided and farmed in that area for at least 5 years.
When the Freudians first arrived to the west, they had to take a look at the conditions they were going to be living in. They saw that it wasn't that great so they knew they had to renovate their new home.
The Freudians built a nice home for them to live for the next 5 years or more. They created groundwater wells, windmills, and even a barbed wire fence. They also built a sod house. A very useful tool the Freudians and other western settlers used to make farming easier was a steel plow. All these things they did proved to be very beneficial to the Freudians.
One example of the effects of settlement were Indian wars, Native Americans weren't happy with outsiders moving west, settlers and the Native Americans continued to fight for about 25 years.