The removal of Native Americans from their land, which they were promised, was the most significant event of the 1800s.
It caused the death of thousands of natives, many dying from sickness, hunger, or exhaustion. "The migrants faced hunger, disease, and exhaustion on the forced march. Over 4,000 out of 15,000 of the Cherokees died."
Cherokees were forced from their land by President Jackson, and were led on the Trail of Tears. "They were marching West to the territory in Oklahoma. The people carried everything that owned on there backs or in wagons. Many people died but mainly children and the elderly. They were buried in shallow graves along the trail." They were taken from their land and forced to travel along this trail.
The Trail of Tears was caused by The Indian Removal Act of 1830. This happened because there was gold in the land that the Cherokees were living on. During this time, Andrew Jackson was the president. This affected many Native Americans, most notably the Cherokees. Because of this, many people moved into the new land, in search for gold. This was a huge economical and cultural change. It opened up gold rich land, and showed how the government viewed the Natives. This change affected the whole country.
Cherokees were forced out of their land and led on the Trail of Tears. "The first order of business was to evict the Cherokee from their homes, and to concentrate them into centralized internment camps. About 16,000 Cherokee were rounded up and marched a short distance into Tennessee, where they waited for the longer march into Oklahoma."
The Indian Removal Act of 1830, was the most significant event of the 1800s. It led to the deaths of thousands of Native Americans and enabling the lust for gold in the United States to continue. It was extremely impactful to the country.
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