The Trail of Tears was a long journey where Native Americans had to walk to their new land because the Americans wanted their land
Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830 which provided the President with powers to exchange land with Native tribes and provide infrastructure improvements on the existing lands.
" I want those pesky Indians out of OUR land! "
Private John G. Burnett had to witness the awful fait of the Cherokee Indians on the Trail of Tears.
The trail of the exiles was a trail of death. They had to sleep in the wagons and on the ground without fire. And I have known as many as twenty-two of them to die in one night of pneumonia due to ill treatment, cold and exposure..."
They were not allowed time to gather their belongings, and as they left, whites looted their homes. Then began the march known as the Trail of Tears, in which 4,000Cherokee people died of cold, hunger, and disease on their way to the western lands.
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