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Updated: 1/26/2020
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  • President Andrew Jackson (1828)
  • We want Native American land!!
  • Five Civilized Tribes (1829)
  • We are the Five Civilized Tribes.
  • Indian Removal Act (1830)
  • Stop refusing and LEAVE!!
  • *Sob*
  • President Andrew Jackson, a man of the frontier himself, supported the settlers demand for Native Americans land. He had fought the British and Seminole people during the War of 1812. In his Inaugural Address, he stated that he intended to move all Native Americans to the Mississippi River.
  • The Cherokee Nation (1832)
  • LEAVE!!!!!!
  • NOOOOOOO!!!!!!
  • As the United States expanded westward by the 1830s, many Native Americans still lived in the eastern part of the country. The "Five Civilized Tribes"- Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw. These tribes had established farming societies with successful economies.
  • Indian Territory (1834)
  • You live here now!
  • In 1830, President Andrew Jackson pushed the Indian Removal Act through Congress. The act allowed the federal government to pay Native Americans to move west. Some Native Americans refused and most felt they were forced to give up their lands.
  • The Trail of Tears (1835)
  • *Multiple Sobs*
  • The Cherokee, however, refused to give up their land. The Cherokee sued the state of Georgia eventually their case reached the Supreme Court. In Worcester v. Georgia (1832) Chief Justice John Marshall ruled that Georgia had no right to interfere with the Cherokee. President Jackson supported the Georgia efforts to remove the Cherokee. He declared that he would ignore the Supreme Court.
  • American settlers wanted to force the Native Americans to leave their land and move west. Many Americans settlers believed that the area west of the Mississippi was dry and seemed unsuitable for farming. They thought that if they moved the Native Americans to that region, the nation's conflict for land would be over. In 1834, Congress created the Indian Territory, an area in present day Oklahoma that was set aside for the relocation of Native Americans.
  • With 7,000 federal troops, General Scott and the U.S. Army threatened to use force if the Cherokee did not leave. Filled with sadness and anger, the Cherokee leaders gave in and the long march to the west began. Around 4,000 Cherokee died from starvation, disease, and exposure to brutal weather. Their forced journey west became known as the Trail of Tears.
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