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After the Indians were defeated, thousands of settlers hurried west. Some hoped to find new, rich farmland. The soil they left behind was thin and overworked. Their crops were poor. Some simply hoped to buy any kind of farmland but they did not have enough money to buy farmland in the east, so they just claimed the land they wanted.
John Sontag was a famous train robber that started his criminal life after his house was burned down. He died in jail in 1893 because of infections in wounds that he had all over his body.