The Trail Of Tears By Andrew Jackson Essay

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Not only was it a trail of tears, but also of blood and hope because of the rape, murder, dehydration, malnutrition and fatigue that the Native Americans suffered through. The forced removal of this group of people would forever be marked down in history as the Trail of Tears. It all started with Manifest Destiny, which was the 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the US throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable. America 's desire to expand west led them to do critical things to the Native Americans to gain land. On May 28, 1830 the Indian removal act was passed by congress during Andrew Jackson 's presidency, to move five major Native American tribes west, past the Mississippi river. With the Native Americans being removed from their sacred land came suffering and nearly 4,000 deaths. This forced relocation became known as the Trail of Tears. In the early 1800s, the American desire for expansion began when President Thomas Jefferson, purchased the Louisiana Territory from france in 1803. (Digital) The purpose of the land was so that the native Americans could move west and be left alone to live and remain autonomous from the trespasses of American settlers. The Cherokee rejected this entreaty, but other small groups did move west to the Arkansas river area in 1810 and again later between 1817-1819. One of the first battles with the Natives was the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. This battle was with the Creek Indians where Jackson’s…

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