Trail of Tears
Updated: 1/29/2020
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)
  • Good morning.
  • 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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