The Treacherous Teary Trail

The Treacherous Teary Trail

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  • "Indeed."
  • "Life is like a bowl of cherries."
  • "I agree."
  • "We want to move into this land." "We have the right to move into the Indian Territory."
  • "You have to move."
  • "We don't want to move!""We want to stay!"
  • Before 1830, the Cherokee Indians lived peacefully in: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. They farmed and traded like white settlers. Sequoyah, a Cherokee Indian, created an alphabet for the Cherokee language and the Cherokees created a newspaper.
  • "Your coming with us!"
  • "This is our land!"
  • My anger is like a volcano erupting.
  • American settlers wanted to move to new lands. The American settlers came across the Indian Territory. The settlers thought it was right for them to move onto the land. President Andrew Jackson agreed with the American settlers.
  • "I don't think that Cherokee Indians should be kicked out of their land."
  • "I agree."
  • In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act. This law stated that Native  Americans in the Southeast had to move to a territory west of the Mississippi. The new location was known as Indian Territory. Today, that new land is Oklahoma.
  • "You have to move!"
  • "Come on tribe." "We have to move."
  •  Many Native Americans tried to fight the Indian Removal Act, such as Chief Osceola who led the Seminoles. However, they were defeated by the United States Army and forced to  move. 
  • "We trudged through blankets of snow on this journey."
  • "My stomach is growling."
  • John Ross, one of the Cherokees' leaders, took the case to the Supreme Court. John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, agreed with John Ross and told Andrew Jackson that it was wrong for him to kick the Cherokees off their land. Jackson ignored John Marshall and kicked the Cherokees off their land.
  • "We're here at last!"
  • Between 1838 and 1839, the Cherokees were forced to move by the U.S. Army. The Cherokees had to travel 1,000 miles to the new Indian Territory.
  • The Cherokee Indians were not prepared for the tragically terrible trail. On the way, the Cherokees faced many ominous obstacles such as: rain, snow, starvation, illness, and internment camps. 
  • "My feet are screaming."
  • "It's raining cats and dogs."
  • When the Cherokees arrived at the new land, it was the end of the journey. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokees died. This heart-breaking trail became known as the Trail of Tears.
  • "This treacherous teary trail was so depressing."
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