The Trail Of Tears

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The Trail of Tears was a dark turn in Native American history, which also affected Mississippi during Andrew Jackson’s presidency. Jackson’s Indian Removal Act forced out the Native Americans out of their land by the federal government and walk thousands of miles to designated territories across the Mississippi river. This was caused by white America’s urge to expand and grow cotton in the southern states. Since majority of the states was owned by the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, and Creek tribes Almost 125,000 Indians preoccupied the states of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida during the 1830s since the time of their ancestors. This issue boiled over when white settlers were infuriated by the population of Native Americans and feared them. They were treated like foreigners, paralleling the Egyptians’ fear and resentment of the Hebrews when they lived there. The settlers considered the Indians a problem and want them to leave. But, president George Washington believed the only way to handle the “Indian Problem” is to assimilate them and adapt to the settler way of life. Washington’s plan was to turn the Indians into American citizens by learning …show more content…
Once an Army general, Jackson fought against the Creek and Seminole Indians during several war campaigns, winning acres of land for white farmers. Continuing his crusade as President of the United States, “In 1830, he signed the Indian Removal Act, which gave the federal government the power to exchange Native-held land in the cotton kingdom east of the Mississippi for land to the west, in the “Indian colonization zone” that the United States had acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase.” The law required that the government must make peaceful negotiations with the Native Americans and that the President or government must not use force to get the land from Native

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