Indian Removal

Indian Removal
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  • Move the Indians!
  • Expansion
  • We need more land!
  • We know... we know...
  • We want land for planting cotton!
  • 102 to 97, the act passes
  • The United States wanted the Native American land for many reasons.  People of the U.S. government believed that the Native Americans were in the way of expansion (Davidson). President Jackson believed the Cherokees were a possible threat to the strength of the country and needed to be moved out of the way (Goss).
  • You will be moving to the Indian Territory
  • Another group that wanted the Native American land of the Southeast were farmers.  The farmers of the United States wanted the Native Americans’ land for planting. Since the Native American land of the Southeast was fertile it was wanted for cotton planting (Davidson).
  • In 1830 the Indian Removal Act was passed sending the Native Americans west.  They were trying to send them to a place called the Indian Territory. Many tribes of the Old Northwest moved after the act was passed (Davidson).
  • KS
  • Indian Territory
  • MO
  • Trail of Tears
  • AR
  • TN
  • Cherokee Nation
  • KY
  • The Cherokees did not want to leave and stayed in their land for a while.  They were finally forced out of their land in 1838 by President Martin Van Buren.  The following winter they made a very difficult journey (Davidson).
  • During the winter of 1838-1839, the Cherokees made the journey to the Indian Territory.  On the way, they were guarded by seven thousand American soldiers. The route they traveled on is called the Trail of Tears (Davidson).
  • The Trail of Tears was made of hundreds of miles (Davidson).  It stretched from the Cherokee land, around present-day Tennessee, to The Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma and Nebraska.  Some people traveled by land and others traveled on water, by rivers (Junior Scholastic).
  • Key: Black arrows- Trail of Tears Route Black letters- present-day states
  • TX
  • LA
  • MS
  • AL
  • GA
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