Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears
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  • President Andrew Jackson
  • I will move all of the Native Americans to the Great Plains!
  • Indian Remove Act
  • We are being forced to leave!
  • I don't have to leave, we were here first!
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  • President Andrew Jackson, a man of the frontier himself, supported the settlers demand for Native American land. He had fought the Creek and Seminole peoples during the War of 1812.  In his Inaugural Address, he stated that he intended to move all Native Americans to the Great Plains.
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  • In 1830 President 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 sell their lands. .
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