The Trail Of Tears


"We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to our native land, the country that Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that gave us birth… it is with sorrow we are forced by the white man to quit the scenes of our childhood…we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear." This is the way that Cherokee Vice Chief Charles Hicks described, in 1838, the emotions that must have been felt after the mistreatment and the abuse that was wrought upon the Cherokee Indians. It was a trail of blood, a trail of death, but ultimately it was known as the "Trail of Tears". In this account of the relocation of the Cherokee Nation we are trying to be as unbiased as ...

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no promise that their claims would be acknowledged. In the end, this alliance would bring about one of the most devastating betrayals the Cherokee Nation would know – coming in the guise of Andrew Jackson.
Andrew Jackson demanded the concession of twenty-three million acres of land to the United States. The Cherokee Nation, however, owned four million acres of this land. The Cherokees protested again to Indian agent Jonathan Meigs in the War Department. Once again their former ally called these claims "Cherokee intrigue". Andrew Jackson then suggested, with troops already in the field, that this would be the perfect time to remove the Cherokees as well as the Creeks out of Tennessee. The Indian Removal Act was introduced by Andrew Jackson and was passed by Congress in 1830. This act was to force all Indians west of the Mississippi River. This was largely carried out by General Winfield Scott and his army of approximately seven thousand troops, in May of 1838. When the army arrived ...

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