President Andrew Jackson, a man of the frontier himself, Had supported the settlers demand for the Native American's land. He had fought the Creek and the Seminole people during the war of 1812. In his Inaugural address, he stated that he intended to move all Native Americans to the Great Plains.
As America had expanded Westward by the 1830s, many Native Americans still lived in the eastern part of the Country. The Five civilized Tribes, the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw.