Claim: The chereokee people were the main events in westward expansion because President Jackson moved the Native Americans even with the right to stay, forced them out of their homelands, and forced them to assimilate.
How it affected the country: More people could come on the land and live there because the natives previous land, was nicer land than the norths land.
Evidence 1: "The cherokee refused to give up their land because a 1780 treaty gave them their land in Georgia"
Evidence 2: "At the beginning of the 1830's, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on the millions of acres of land in Georgia... By the end of the decade very few natives remained anywhere in the south... the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trial of Tears."
Evidence 3: "They were not allowed to gather their belongings, and as they left, whites looted their homes. Then began the walk known as the Trail of Tears in which 4000 Chereokee people died of cold, hunger and disease on their way to their western homes."
Evidence 4: "By 1837, the Jackson administration had removed 46,000 Native American people from their land east of the Mississippi... opening 25 million acres of land to white settlement and slavery."
Context: The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Jackson on May 28, 1830. Andrew Jackson passed a law called the Indian Removal Act which gave the federal government the power to relocate any Native Americans.
What else was happening: In 1830 Joseph Smith publishes his translation of the book of mormon.
Affected the south or north more: The south and north because the Indians were in the south but got moved to the north, so white men can get land.
Westward Expansion: To expand slavery and strengthen the influence of slave owners in the federal government.