Indian Removal of 1830

Indian Removal of 1830

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  • We're all happy
  • We should take the Indian's Land!
  • You're Right!
  • Before the American's even arrived, Native American's were living there. Not only were they there before them, they had been there for thousands of years. By 1830, there were over 125,000 in the Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida–land area.
  • Time to go
  • No Way!
  • I'm Scared
  • There were many different Native tribes, some more prominent than others. Some of the more prominent tribes include the Cherokee, the Choctaw, the Chickasaw, the Creek, and the Seminoles. There were also escaped African American slaves mixed in with the Seminoles. 
  • Indian Removal Bill
  • We passed the bill!
  • Although the American's had been trying to get the Native's Land for years, 7th president of the United States Andrew Jackson decided to take their land through more forceful means. Americans wanted the land to expand the country, find gold, and to find fertile land to grow cotton.
  • West of Mississippi
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  • When Georgia tried to take the land, the Natives felt that their rights from previous treaties were being violated. To defend themselves, they went to the Supreme Court and stated their opinions. This created the Worcester vs. Georgia case, which resulted in the Natives favor, stating that only peaceful treaties could be made for land exchange.
  • But Andrew Jackson wrote his own bill stating that the Americans could make their own treaties to take the Native's land in any way. Along with Jackson and his supporters, Farmers were also in support of the act for the fertile land they would get. Unfortunately, even with the support of the Catholic Reformers, the law passed, most likely because none of the Natives had a say.
  • Why don't we get a say
  • The first to leave were the Choctaw, who left resentfully, but peacefully, in 1831-1833. They did not believe they could fight the Americans, so against their beliefs, they left. Through the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, they moved to land reserved for them West of the Mississippi River. On the way, they had little food or supplies, and had to walk through snow for hours on end. The Chickasaw and others soon followed in their footsteps.
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