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260 Mistreatment of Land, Natural Disaster, and Drought Created the Dust Bowl in America - . After discovering how beautiful and fertile the land was, many American families quickly decided to migrate to that area and make homes and their farms there. In the beginning, life in the Great Plains was great because farmers had perfect land for their agriculture life. However, the land would not stay perfect for very long. The new soil was not used to the way these Americans would treat the soil, and as a result, the new soil began to have a lack of nutrients. Because the land in the 1930’s was tilled so much, the land and soil eroded so much that it became useless to the farmers, and of course, dust storms did not help in anyway because dust storms would simply take the soil elsewhe.