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REMOVAL IS INEVITABLE!!!
Treaty of New Echota
Pleasure doing business with you.
This guy is so dumb...
I don't feel so good...
John Ridge and some of his family members led a minority who argued that removal was inevitable and wanted to get the best deal possible.
A Costly Journey
In 1835 John Ridge signed the Treaty of New Echota , selling the entirety of the Cherokee's land for $5 million. This goes against the constitution's basic principles.
Murder of a Traitor
16,000 members of the Cherokee Nation, the U.S.'s latest cpnquered subjects, were forced to move to Oklahoma.
Thousands died en route as well as soon after arrival. This became known as the Trail of Tears.
In 1839, Ridge, his father, and one of his cousins were murdered by an unknown culprit. Many Cherokees viewed Ridge as a traitor, so there were too many suspects to go through.
Today's Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has more than 317,000 citizens.