Indian Removal

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Indian Removal

By: Aspen CourtneyDarby MintonNadia Singh

The Indian Removal Act was issued on May 28, 1830 by President Andrew Jackson for the relocation of Indians to move west of the Mississippi River. Jackson believed this was the best way to aquire more land, and he had a negative attitude towards Indians because of the sories he heard of Indian attacks as a little boy. It took over 30 years to force 100,000 Indians out of their homeland.

The five tribes ordered to move were the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, and Creek. A few tribes went peacefully, but most Indians refused and fought for their homeland. The Seminole tribe retreated to the Everglades and fought in guerrilla warfare from 1835-1842. To this day, some Seminole Indians still live in Florida because they fought for their homeland.

Indian Resistance

John Ross

John Ross, also know as his Cherokee name of Guwisguwi, was a political leader of the Cherokee tribe. He disagreed with the Indian Removal Act, and in attempts to stop the act he and the Cherokkes fought not with weapons, but words through press and the courts. Unfortnately, even after winning several court rulings, it made no difference for Ross's former comrade Jackson who authorized the Indian Removal act in 1830.

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The Indian Removal Act

Years later, Abraham Lincoln had heated debates speaking against the Indian Removal Act.


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