Cherokees Moving West The Cherokees did not BENEFIT from the trail of tears because most of the cherokees died along the way and they had lost their land that their ancestors had once lived on. They did not have the choice to leave, they were forced out of their lifestyle and the place they once all called home.
The Cherokee Indians were forced to move west known as The Trail of Tears, in the early 1800's
Along the Trail of Tears a wide variety of people traveled along the way such as the Creek, Chowktaws, Cherokees, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes, as well as men, woman, children, and infants.
Some important people that were remembered among the trip were Cheif John Ross (principle cheif of the Cherokee nation), Talsi Wasituna (Cherokee Indian whom rebelled against the act), Cheif Blackhawk (led the Sac and Fox Indians along the trail), and Zeke Proctor (who was the sherif, cherokee senator, farmer, and Trail of Tears survivor).
The Cherokee Indians moved west because Andrew Jackson pursued the policy to remove all Indian tribes from their ancestral land. He did this because he wanted more land for the settlers and speculators.