Trail of Tears Essay

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Trail of Tears During the early 1830’s, around 125,000 Native Americans lived among the millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida. The white Americans resented the Natives, as they lived on the land that they wanted and believed they deserved. Some leaders believed the best way to solve what had become the “Indian Problem” were to civilize the Native Americans. They wanted them to become as much like the white settlers, by converting them into Christians, speaking English, and adopting European-American economic practices. Many Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek and Cherokee people embraced these customs and became known as the “Five Civilized Tribes.” But their land was soon found to be valuable and white settlers soon flooded their region. They didn’t care how “civilized” they became; they wanted their land with them off it. Many of them went as far stealing livestock and burning homes. Several state governments joined the people’s effort to drive away the Natives by passing laws limiting Native American rights and trespassing their territory. Andrew Jackson supported and led what he called “Indian removal.” As an Army general, he had spent years leading campaigns against the Creeks and the Seminoles which resulted in hundreds of thousands of acres of land from Indian nations given to white farmers. When he became president, he continued these unjust acts. In 1830, he authorized the removal of Native Americans who lived east of the Mississippi River to lands in the West. The law required the government to negotiate removal treaties fairly and did not let the president or anyone else to force Native nations into giving up their land. But President Jackson and his government frequently ignored the law and forced Native Americans to leave lands they had lived on and cultivated for generations. In the winter of 1831, under

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