The Indian Removal Act of 1830 Essay

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Migdalia Tuero

HIST101: American History to 1877
Professor Kathleen Davis
February 13, 2014

There are several historical events and issues that have impacted the contemporary political development among American history. In the history of America one of these groups are the Native Americans. The white man throughout the South called for a removal of the Indian peoples. They wanted the Native Indians to be resettled to the west because their presence created a problem for the white man who needed additional land for settlement. “The status of Native American peoples posed an equally complex political problem” (Henretta, Edwards, Self 2012, 302). Therefore, Andrew Jackson posed the Indian Removal
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In addition, it was found that the Indian lands contained a plethora of gold to be mined. So the land was not only for the new settlers but for the riches that it contained and Jackson who spent his military career fighting against the Indians gave support to the removal of the Indians. This is when President Andrew Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and “Congress chose to disregard Indian treaty guarantees when it passed the Indian Removal Act” (U.S. Department of State n.d., 1). This forced the Native American Indians to surrender millions of acres of land and move to the West.
The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was defined by Andrew Jackson to Congress on December 6, 1830. He commented "It gives me pleasure to announce to Congress that the benevolent policy of the Government, steadily pursued for nearly thirty years, in relation to the removal of the Indians beyond the white settlements is approaching to a happy consummation” (Library of Congress, Jackson, 1830). At that time however only two tribes agreed to leave their land, the others were not in agreement with the Indian Removal Act. In response, the American Indians fought back on a political level, Chief John Ross who represented the majority of the American Indians who did not want to leave their lands tried to diplomatically and legally maintain autonomy with the United States government.
Chief John Ross attempted to negotiate with the federal government using legal arguments citing federal

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