Trail Of Tears Research Paper

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Ever since descendants of Americans came to America we have always had conflicts with the Native Americans also known as the indians. Either it be a war between the two different races or just fighting over irrelevant things. One of the unforgettable events with Americans and the Native Americans was the Trail of Tears which involves the Cherokee nation. When the Americans moved the indians off of the eastern lands and moved them west, it killed off of thousands of Native Americans making it a very memorable and important impact on American history. Strictly defined, the Trail of Tears is the main route or routes that the Cherokees took from the Southeast to the land the U.S. government identified as their new home in Indian Territory (Bjornlund …show more content…
citizens wanting to come into the indian lands and mine the gold that was there. Two years later the Indian Removal Act of 1830 was signed and put into action and the Trail of Tears begins. The Trail of Tears technically didn’t begin till 1838, but however the Indian Removal Act was passed in 1830. The Natives refused to move when the act was first passed and that is why it took so long, because they claim it was not right for us, the United States, to move them off of lands that had been theirs before any European country knew about North America. It was said that President Andrew Jackson was looking in the best interest of U.S. citizens and moved the indians to help keep from conflicts that could possibly lead to war from arising yet again between the United States and the Native Americans or that some Native tribes were just too violent and were seen as a threat by U.S. citizens. It seemed like Americans and Native Americans could not blend and live together peacefully and that is also a said reason why the Trail of Tears …show more content…
It tells the cruel story of the Cherokee nation and what they encountered during the Trail of Tears. The conditions of the Trail of Tears were horrendous. The Cherokee Nation were asked to leave the during the winter months so their old land would be free during farming season. Most indians were forced to walk the long journey west unless they were sick or incapable of walking the way. They were treated like animals being whipped and beaten by US troops on the long journey not to mention the disease infested blankets the government gave them. The Natives were forced to leave most of their belongings behind and had minimum resources during the journey. They were supposed to be a barrier so that no US citizens got hurt if they moved west. The Cherokee indians were forced to start their lives over in an unknown land. The Trail of Tears showed how cold and heartless

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