Andrew Jackson's Policy Of Removing The Lives Of Native Americans

Indian Policy
Andrew Jackson’s policy of removing the Native Americans impacted the lives of many Native Americans and claimed thousands of their lives as well. To this day, this brutal policy is well known for its awful background and role it played upon civilizing the Native Americans. This policy is important since it significantly reveals how desperately they wanted more land. By pushing the Native Americans west of the Mississippi River, it showed that they would take a desperate action just to get what they most desired. Taking advantage of the Native Americans, the Jackson Administration’s decision to remove the Cherokee Indians to lands west of the Mississippi River in the 1830’s continued the economic policies but significantly changed
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economic policies towards the Native tribes by purchasing more Native land and making a profit out of it. On December 18, 1829, in a speech to Congress, Andrew Jackson stated, “...we have at the same time lost no opportunity to purchase their lands and thrust them farther into the wilderness...”. Before the Indian Removal Act, the U.S. obviously wanted more land. They conjured treaties, laws, and policies just to gain land. When the Americans arrived, they had one clear goal, to get land. The Americans see land as power and opportunity. And with this power, they could be wealthy and make a profit out of it. Since Andrew Jackson has no morals whatsoever, his Indian Removal Act is obviously pushing out the Natives to the west of the Mississippi River, which would allow the plantation owners and small farmers have land to plant, which they could profit from. In addition, President James Monroe, in his communication to the Senate, stated that, “I am deeply impressed with the opinion that the removal of the Indian tribes from the land which they now occupy is of a very high importance to our Union”. James Monroe states how taking the Native lands is necessary and is “important”. This is ironic since taking the natives land showed no importance to them; however, it showed more of a counterplay of just getting rid of the Natives in general. In fact, the only “importance” the Jackson Administration had in mind was power. They believed that possessing more land could financially profit the Americans. Since they had a lot of support from the plantation owners and small farmers, they had a tremendous chance of approving the Indian Removal Act. With all of these points, it concludes how the Jackson Administration continued their economic policy towards the Native American

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