Trail of Tears
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Dry Land (1828)
Stupid land. I can't grow anything here! I wish those Native Americans would leave their land...
President Andrew Jackson (1828)
Removing the Natives from their land...that sounds like a great idea! Lets make it happen!
Five Civilized Tribes (1829)
How are you today?
Settlers living west of the Mississippi River was unsuitable for farming. They wanted the Native Americans to move west.
Indian Removal Act (1830)
Hey! We need you to move west now!
Well, we're not leaving!
President Andrew Jackson, a man of the frontier himself, supported the settlers' demand for Native American land. He decided to move the Native Americans to the Great Plains.
The Cherokee Nation (1832)
I told you to leave now! Now go!
Well, this is very unfair.
Five tribes, the Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, and Chickasaw lived in successful farming societies in the South.
Trail of Tears (1835)
President Jackson pushed the Indian Removal Act through Congress. This meant that the government could force the Native Americans off of their land.
The Cherokee refused to move off of their land. But the government threatened to use force, and the Cherokee were forced off of their land, and to the Indian Reservation.
The Cherokee were forced to walk the long journey to the West. About 4,000 Native Americans died. Their forced journey became known as the Trail of Tears.
Stupid settlers...I'm so mad at them...
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