The United States government passes the Pre-Emption Distribution
Act, which allows squatters on government-owned lands to have the
first chance to buy up to 160 acres of the land at a low price
before it is offered to the public.
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Editors. "Pre-Emption Distribution Act in US gives rights to squatters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=18067, accessed 24 January 2018.]