Trails of Tears

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Trail of Tears

Among America’s rich history the United States has achieved many wondrous fetes, from declaring independence from Great Britain to abolishing slavery. Although the U.S. government has had such praise worthy accomplishments, there is one instance in United States history which brings shame to many Americas to this very day. This instance was the tragic removal of thousands of Native American men, women, and children from their homeland, notoriously known as The Trail of Tears. This paper will give a brief summary of the U.S. governments role in this wide scale removal of the five major Indian tribes, as well as the events leading to it, while more specifically focusing on President Andrew Jackson and the effects Indian removal had on the Cherokee nation which earned this heinous act its infamous name.

Since the very beginnings of English settlement in North America there had been constant conflict between the settlers and the Native Americans whom land was being intruded on. Although there was a lot of tension between the Native Americans and American settlers by the end of the American Revolution there was an agreement between the Indians and Americans that specified the land, which was to be U.S. land and Indian land. This agreement between these nations was legally realized in both the Proclamation of 1763 as well as the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. As explained in a published by Great Neck Publishing, The Proclamation of 1763 forced colonists to remain east of the Appalachian Mountains, and all land west of this natural barrier was reserved for Native American tribes. The Northwest Ordinance said that all Indian lands south of the Great Lakes would never be taken without their consent.() However, due to numerous reasons including American greed and the large inflow of white settlers to the new world these laws would be infracted on within a number of years. With the growth of the American cities and their populations many...