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I'll take care of it, sir.
What do you want me to do, sir?
I don't care what you do as long as you get rid of them.
The Indians need to go. They don't belong here.
It is time for you people to leave. You will like it in Indian Territory.
Who do you think you are telling us to leave? This land belongs to us.
It is okay everyone we are almost there.
Andrew Jackson 's was president from 1829-1837. He was well known and very influential. He didn't like that there were Native Americans were taking over their lands. He wanted the Native Americans gone and he was hoping that they would leave willingly but now he is restless.
In 1837, the Cherokees were still on their land when Andrew Jackson finally left office. Indian leaders, believing they had no choice, signed new treaties giving up their lands. They agreed to move to what was called the Indian Territory. Most of the Indian Territory today is in Oklahoma.
In the year of 1838 and 1839, the Cherokees are on the Trail of Tears on their way to the Indian Territory. The Cherokees have to march hundreds of miles guarded by 7,000 soldiers. They had very little food and shelter. There were about 15,000 Cherokees who started the journey but by the time they got there, there were only 11,000 left.
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