Indian Removal Act Essay

1130 WordsOct 12, 20115 Pages
Early in the 19th century, while the rapidly-growing United States expanded into the lower South, white settlers faced what they considered an obstacle. many white americans had considered the indians "noble savages," people without real civilization possible among them. by the first decades of the nineteenth century, this attitude was giving a way to a more hostile one, particularly amonh the whites in the western states. Eager for land to raise cotton, the settlers pressured the federal government to acquire Indian territory. Andrew Jackson was a forceful proponent of Indian removal. with assistance from congress, the indian removal act was passed, in which shaped the doomed future for all native americans living east of the mississippi river. the federal government worked steaily to negotiate treaties wiith the southern inidans that would remove them to the west and oen their lands for white settlement. with jackson's approval and the help of congress, state legistalures, in states such as georgia, alabama and mississippi, a law known as the Inidan removal act was passed in 1830. yhid appropriated money to finance federal negoatiaions with southern tribes aimed at relocating them to the west. jackson quickly dispatched federal officals to negotiate nearly a hundred new treaties with the ramining tribes. thus, the southern tribes faced a combination of pressures from both the state and federal governemts. many were too weak to resist these pressures, and had no other choice but to cede their territory to the US, as well aws to protect themself from white harassment; other's balked. the indian removal act, ni theory, wss supposed to be voluntary, but in practice great pressure was put on Native American leaders to sign removal treaties. most opbservers, whether they were in favor of the ploicy or not, relaized that the passage of the act meant the inevitable

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