The Removal of the Cherokee Tribe
Since the early 1700’s, land between the Native Americans and the European settlers have been full of constant battles. Population of the Europeans increases as more settlers expand on the economy, making less room for the land to settle on. During the westward expansion, the Cherokees biggest threat comes from Georgia and their persuasion against congress and the desire to run off the Cherokee. Cherokees have been on the American land possible forever and at no stop will Georgia let them have any room on their territory. Because congress was so weak, the desire for Cherokee land was abundant and congress could not help the Cherokee people. As the increase of the United States population …show more content…
The Cherokee had an agreement on a land cessation in 1819, and it concluded that the Cherokees would cede no more land. Georgia tired to revoke their civil rights so the Cherokee’s had to bring in the United States Supreme Court for protection. “In 1832, when the court ruled in favor of Cherokee sovereignty in Worcester V. Georgia, the state refused to respond to the court’s decision. Furthermore, Georgia went ahead with a land lottery, enacted into law in 1830, that provided for the distribution of Cherokee territory to Georgia citizens…no one seemed to have the power and the will to help the Cherokee.”1 The Georgians were winning leaving little hope for Cherokee …show more content…
There was no persuading the Indian leaders to sell their land to Georgia and move west. But in 1827 all that changed, the Georgia General Assembly ruled that Georgia had complete sovereignty
over the land and people within its borders. In section eight of the Georgia State Assembly, it states,”…that it shall not be lawful for any person or body of persons…to prevent any Indian of said nation residing within the chartered limits of this state, from enrolling as an emigrant…”.2 Not even congress would stand up against Georgia, they just let them do what they pleased.
The end of removal resulted in as what was known as the “Trail of Tears”, this is the process of where the Americans began forced removal of the Native Americans. All of this was allowed under the terms and conditions of the Treaty of Echota. The terms stated that, “the Cherokees had two years to move to their new home in the west.”3 During this many Cherokee lives were lost due to the vulnerability to disease and the harsh climate. The estimated death count was close to four thousand Cherokees and was even known to be as much as eight thousand. For those who thought they would be tough and try and stick it out got captured and imprisoned under law. “Many of the Cherokees,