History Of Westward Expansion Of Native American Tribes

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Westward expansion of Native American Tribes Our country itself was created and formed on the premise, “.. all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” 1 This was not the case with the feelings and problems between white “civilized” people and the Native Americans. Many problems arose between white Americans and the Native Americans as Andrew Jackson and his followers decided to cede land from Indian tribes. The Native Americans occupied millions of acres of land.2 Generation after generation of Native Americans had thrived on land occupying Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida. Andrew Jackson …show more content…
They wanted it and they would do absolutely anything to receive it. They tortured the Native Americans as they burned their houses, land, and surrounding areas. “State Governments joined in this effort to drive Native Americans out of the South.”2 Andrew Jackson led inhuman and cruel campaigns which led to Native Americans having to give thousands of acres to white American farmers. In April of 1830, the Indian Removal Act was passed by Senate with a vote of 28 to 19. In May of 1830, the Indian Removal Act was passed by the House of Representatives with a vote of 102 to 97. The Indian Removal Act was signed by President Andrew Jackson and was enforced immediately. The act granted land west of the Mississippi River for the current Indian lands. Some tribes thought it would be best to leave peacefully, but others were not leaving without a …show more content…
“The federal government promised that their land would remain unmolested forever, but as the line of white settlement pushed westward, ‘Indian Country’ shrank and shrank.”2 Oklahoma officially became a state in 1907, and Indian territory slowly disappeared. The Trail of Tears is now a National Historic Trail in loving memory of those who lost their lives and loved ones during the tragic removal of the Native Americans. Our nation as one was formed on the words “all men are created equal”1 ultimately shut out the Native Americans who had never done anything

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