Effects Of The Indian Removal Act

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The Indian Removal Act was passed by Congress in 1830 during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. The Act was the first major law that Jackson enforced. It stated that the president could relocate the newly civilized Native Americans west of the Mississippi River while the Americans could have control over the land that the Native Americans had previously occupied in Georgia and Florida. Although the removal of Native Americans was supposed to be done fairly, Andrew Jackson and his government ignored the law in order to get more benefits from the situation. The five main tribes that were relocated were the Cherokee, Seminole Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek tribes. Jackson proposed the Act because he disliked the Native Americans in the United States …show more content…
Some Native Americans did not like the settlers because of the territorial disputes and disturbed the Americans every opportunity that they received. Andrew Jackson proposed the Act in order to end the land disputes and rid the United States’ east coast of the savages. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 affected America by relocating the Cherokee, Seminole Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek tribes which caused pain and suffering among them and led to a bad relationship between Americans and Native Americans. Although the Indian Removal Act of 1830 affected many people in America at the time, it affected the Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek tribes the most because those were the tribes that had lived on the lands on the East Coast that Andrew Jackson claimed for the United States. Although these Native Americans were civilized, Andrew Jackson still wanted to move them away from the East. Some tribes relocated with few problems while other tribes, like the Cherokee and the Seminoles, did not relocate west without a fight. The Cherokee took the case to the Supreme Court where the Court favored the Native Americans and agreed that they deserved the right to stay on the land because it was …show more content…
Like the Cherokee, the Seminoles were also removed from the Georgia and Florida area of the United States. When the Act was first initiated, the Seminoles acted in protest, but Andrew Jackson did not allow any protests to grow into a problem. Any protest that the Seminoles started was cut short by the armies that Andrew Jackson dispatched onto them. Three wars between the Seminoles and the Americans occurred in the Georgia and Florida area. The wars were called the Seminole Wars and during the wars, the United States removed thousands of Seminoles from the East. The other three tribes that were also removed from the East Coast were the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek tribes. The Choctaw had a good relationship with the Americans and did not have a problem with them until their land was confiscated by the Americans. The Choctaw did nothing to the Americans, but Andrew Jackson still felt like they needed to be removed because he thought that all Native Americans were savages. After the removal, the relationship was never the same between the Americans and the Choctaw tribe. The Chickasaw tribe was one of the last tribes to be

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