Trail of Tears Essay

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Tears of Humanity Imagine waking up one day to find life as you know it to be over. The environment you lived in provided all that was needed to sustain life for you and your people. There was a hierarchy of control in place to sustain order within your village, and everything was peaceful. Then your life was interrupted by the white skinned people who arrived at your land with their strange language, odd clothing, and the horrid intention to create great destruction. These people do not understand your ways and have no desire to. Life as you know it will never be the same again. From the beginning of colonization, the American people used every tactic they could to gain the land they wanted. When the rapidly growing United States expanded into the lower South, the white settlers were faced with what they thought to be an obstacle. This area was home to the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations (Trail). These Indian nations were standing in the way of progress and the settlers pressured the federal government to acquire the land to raise cotton. Andrew Jackson was an instrumental part of Indian removal in America. Out of the eleven treaties that removed tribes from their southern lands, Jackson was involved in nine of them (Indian). Along with devising treaties, Jackson was not opposed to removing the Indians forcefully, if need be. His attitude towards the Indians, even though they provided military assistance to the Americans, was that, “they were children in need of guidance” (Indian). With these thoughts in mind, Jackson created the Indian Removal Act bill that forced the Indians to leave their homes and move to land out west (Indian). When the Indians were no longer present, the government had the authority to negotiate for their lands. The removal doctrines were not resisted by most of the tribes, and they relocated peacefully to the

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