English Composition 112
March 2, 2017
The Treacherous Journey of the Trail of Tears Before the British came over to the Americas, the Cherokee Indians, among many other tribes, inhabited these rolling hills, mountains, and plains. Unfortunately, they were removed from their homeland very viciously. The removal of Cherokee Indians is referred to as the Trail of Tears. The journey of the Cherokee Indians from before their removal, their fight to not be removed, their travel conditions, and the actual event of the Trail of Tears was brutal and deadly, however; it was a very pivotal moment in American history. Native Americans lived in peace for many years. Little did they know that in 1540, their peaceful …show more content…
The treaty declared that the land on the west side of the Mississippi River would be given to the Cherokee and those Native Americans would be paid a significant amount of money for their land. The most unfair part of the treaty was that only a few Cherokees agreed to it. As a matter of fact, not even one of the tribal leaders in their area knew about it (History.com). Knowing that, the treaty passed, and unfortunately the Cherokee had no choice but to leave their homeland. Just as predicted, the Native Americans were not happy they had to leave. Eventually, they were being removed from their homes. A soldier named John G. Burnett, was one of the people who assisted in the relocation of these Native Americans. He noted this experience and …show more content…
The United States government wanted to remove the Native American’s by way of steamboat. They still utilized this, but only a few were removed that way. The majority of Native Americans wished to wait until the end of the season and make the journey we now call the Trail of Tears (Thornton). Many Native Americans died from many different diseases during this trek to their new home. They changed the way people view the saying ‘survival of the fittest’ and took on this unbelievable journey.
The Native Americans that chose to make the journey by foot were put into large manageable groups. Chief Ross put conductors in charge of these groups to ensure they went to the correct location. The Cherokee Indians treatment was greatly better than the others. The only two routes were the northern route and the southern route. They typically took the northern route (Ehle).
Just when they thought the problems were over, they continued once they got to their new location out west. Most of the Cherokee population ended up dying from different types of diseases or even starvation (History.com). They found the three people who agreed to sign the Treaty of Echota and they were eventually killed for treason. Historians have found that thousands of Native Americans were killed during this process. More information has come out recently that in the Cherokee tribe alone, more than ten thousand people were killed