The Nunna Dual Tsuny: The Removal Of Native Americans

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Native Americans have been oppressed, discriminated against, and mistreated since the Europeans first came to America. Countless Native Americans have died at the hands of white settlers. One of the worst times of their mistreatment, however, was during the removal from their homelands to the land east of the Mississippi. The “Nunna dual Tsuny,” as the Cherokee call it, refers to trails they walked during the forced mass movement of Cherokee people to Indian Territory in Arkansas and Oklahoma. (Hook, 6-8) It was a tragic event in the history of the United States.
When European explorers first came to America and encountered the Native Americans, the Native Americans were very friendly towards them. But these Europeans brought diseases such
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The citizens of Georgia were hungry for the gold which ran through Cherokee land, which made them desperate to remove the Cherokee. Southerners who wished to eliminate Native Americans from their homelands gave their support to Andrew Jackson, an army general who had led military operations against the Native Americans and a supporter of their removal. (History.com) When Jackson became president of the United States, he supported Georgia in their goal to remove the Cherokee. Figures such as Davy Crockett were against removal of the Native Americans from their land, arguing that they were already civilized and could be integrated into white society. But Jackson was firm in his stance, and he was determined to be rid of the Native Americans. (Hook, …show more content…
The Cherokee had no way of cooking their food, and their drinking water was filthy which led to illness. They had to sleep on the ground and even in mud. They had no roofs to offer them protection from rain or the sun. The foods given to them in the stockades were flour and salt pork, which was sometimes given to them raw. With no way to cook it, the Cherokee were forced to eat it raw, which caused sickness. There was also fighting which broke out between the Native Americans when alcohol was introduced to their daily diets. All of these conditions, along with illnesses such as whooping cough, dysentery, and measles, took many lives of the Cherokee living in the stockades. (Hook,

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